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The History of the Sovereigns of England

The History of the Sovereigns of England by A.W. [for Alice and Jane] (1865)

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Author: A.W. [for Alice and Jane]
Title: The History of the Sovereigns of England from the Conquest to the Present Day Dedicated to Alice and Jane
Year: 1865
Publisher: Unpublished
Place: United Kingdom
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Collection of 37 original poems written for two girls - 'Alice and Jane' - setting out British history through the country's monarchs from William the Conqueror to Queen Victoria.

Small quarto, half green roan over pebbled boards with 'Kings of England A.W.' in gilt to upper cover, one corner missing (see image) otherwise very good. Marbled endpapers; manuscript title page: The History of the Sovereigns of England from the Conquest to the Present Day Dedicated to Alice and Jane.' Written in black ink, rectos only, headed by the monarch's name and an original poem of between 8-12 lines.

This manuscript which appears to be original and unpublished comprises 37 poems on British monarchs since the Conquest. In this final poem the writer, 'A.W.', references both the death of Prince Albert and the invention of the telegraph - 'science captive to her [the Queen's] car hath bound the lightening's fire,/ And flashes knowledge round the globe on her electric wire./ No room is there to tell you more, but all will say with me,/ May England long continue, great, prosperous, and free' which probably places the manuscript's composition in the 1860s.

The sequence of monarchs is irrestibly reminiscent of the education offered to the Bertram sisters in Jane Austen's Mansfield Park when they crow over their cousin Fanny Price's seeming ignorance: 'How long ago it is, aunt, since we used to repeat the chronological order of the kings of England, with the dates of their accession, and most of the principal events of their reigns!' George III whose reign Austen lived through is the subject of a 16 line poem that references the industrial revolution and the American war of independence: 'Watts some engines made,/ which quickly doing work by steam extended Britain's trade./ Her colonies, the United States their independance [sic] claim' and the Regency: 'For many years o'er George the 3rd a grievous illness came/ And England by his eldest son was governed in his name.'
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