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Henry V and the Saying All's Fair in Love and War

Henry V and the Saying 'All's Fair in Love and War' The expression 'All's fair in love and war' may be considered a saying, an idiom, or proverb that has been traced back to John Lyly's 'Euphues' published in 1578. 'Any impiete may lawfully be committed in love, which is lawlesse' (l. 236). The full expression is seen in Miguel Cervante's 'Don Quixote' as translated by T. Sheraton. 'Love and warre are all one, .. It is lawfull to use sleights and stratagems to attain the wished end'. In plain English, what the proverb means is that the rules of fair play do not apply in love and war. Anything goes. In Shakespeare's play, Henry V, which followed Henry IV Part 1 and Part 2, we have the young king portrayed as something of a hell-raiser in his youth, before he ascended to the throne. These high jinks in the case of Prince Harry (drawing parallels with today's prince Harry) were ephemeral. John Falstaff, one of his erstwhile companions, he refuses to recognize once he becomes king.

Martin Luther King Jr - Letter From a Birmingham Jail

Why read Dr. Martin Luther King's "Letter From A Birmingham Jail?" Why read a letter that was written decades ago in a cold jail cell by a man who has been dead for almost forty years? The answer is simple. Dr. King wrote this eloquent and profound letter while confined in a Birmingham city jail. In this letter responding to criticism from his fellow clergymen, Dr. King explains to the world why he has gone about his activities the way he has. His fellow clergymen called his activities "unwise and untimely" and questioned his methods and motivations. This letter's purpose was to explain to people why he chose to implement his direct-action, non-violent protests at that time and why he could not wait. King says, "We have waited for more that 340 years for our constitutional and God-given rights. The nations of Asia and Africa are moving with jet like speed toward gaining political independence, but we stiff creep at horse-and-buggy pace toward gaining a cup of coffee at a lunch counter.

Measurement of Time is One of History's Important Achievements

In the modern world we take for granted the availability of innumerable sources providing accurate measurements of time. Telling current time is so readily available that we have lost sight of the profound importance of knowing time, to the hour and minute. For most of human history accurately measuring time was irrelevant. There was no need for watches; clocks, clock radios or digital time reads on car dashboards. Until the flowering of the industrial age in the second half of the 19th century most people worked in small plot agriculture. All over the world people scratched out a living farming and herding small plots and flocks. Very few people ventured more than several miles from their place of birth in their whole lifetimes. Time was told by the change of seasons and the planting and harvest cycles. Nothing else was needed to provide measurements of time. The ancients used sundials in numerous forms for crude time measurement. Shade, rain, and cloudy days made the sundial unreliable.

Of Holy Noise and Kenyan Churches

Picture this. You've had a long week and by Saturday you're looking forward to a quiet time at home for the entire weekend either alone, or with your family or friends. You buy everything you'll need for those two days as you get ready to wallow in blissful peace and quiet until Monday morning when you get up to go back to work thoroughly relaxed. But someone else has other plans for your weekend. A church that recently sprouted less than 100 meters away from your estate has been assembling a huge public address system in preparation for an afternoon crusade that will run into an overnight prayer vigil. You've had a lovely late lunch and just when you're settling in for that movie you borrowed, the serene silence of the neighborhood is shattered by the now familiar 'Testing Testing One Two Three Hallelujah'. The word Hallelujah is supposed to invoke positive feelings for the good Lord but in this case a curse escapes your lips. Your problem is not the content of their message though.

Geological Foundation of the Krakow

Krakow ( Cracow ) is one of the most impressive towns of Poland, famous all over the world. It is abounding with historical monuments: several tens of churches built in Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque styles, Medieval arrangement of the city, the largest Central Square in Europe with the Renaissance "supermarket", buildings of one of the oldest university in Europe founded in 1364 (Jagiellonian University), fragments of the Medieval ramparts etc. Krakowwas a capital of Poland from the 11th through 16th century, so the Renaissance King Castle built on the Wawel Hill towers over the Old City. The Wawel Hill has been populated since the Old Stone Age. Now the town is a great cultural and educational centre of European importance. Historians try to explain the phenomenon of the foundation of Krakw agglomeration just in this place in some ways, but the reasons of its foundation is clear and simple for naturalists, especially for geologist. The reason of human settlement in this place was the geological structure of the area and the consequences of this structure in the geomorphic evolution of the Krakw area.

Life - The Long and Short of It

A short life is a happy life. A long life is a sad life because you would have missed your friends and family acquaintances and loved ones who have gone ahead of you. But how short is short, and how long is long? We have never asked it and given it so serious a thought, except that it is long when you live up to 90 or 100 or even more. And it is short if you just don't reach 50? Can't we give a thought on the life of that one God who came into the helm at the age of 30, and for three short years taught everyone, inspired everyone and saved everyone. Every bit of the life of this man is inspiring. Life can be short but long if it is spent meaningfully. Our basic is God may give you a short life, say thirty years (unknowingly that you will have thirty years), and you are able to spend it, say (again) wisely. How is wisely spent, or expressed, here? We can explain it in simple, practical ways. Somebody who may be living ordinarily, normally, in a simple household of three, four or five, i.

Then There is None

There used to be a nature's haven in our backyard. There were birds, flowers, sometimes snakes who thrived on tall grasses, and some acacia trees. It was a prairie, once a rice field, and there is a creek during rainy days which produced some live shells. During rainy season, the water would cover this lowland like a small lake which some of my friends and neighbors loved to go fishing. Some small fishes could give us joy and even provide viand for small families. There's only one thing: it's not ours. The small piece of land adjacent to it, and where our bungalow now stands, is what me and my wife have strive hard to pay all these years. We settled in this place with my young family then. The children were aged seven, eight, and eleven and thirteen, beautiful kids whom I adore the way I adored this nature's haven. They loved to play in the fields, and I loved seeing them dancing in the rain or playing with the water like they were in "Water World" (although I sometimes pretended calling them to come inside and stop what they were doing because they might catch cold).

Famous Maritime Explorers and Epic Sea Journeys

Many of history's most famous and influential characters made their impact on the world from the decks of their ships. When exploring today's world it is worth remembering these intrepid individuals who helped find new lands and cultures, established trade routes and helped shape the world as we know it. Sir Francis Drake Having spent most of his life at sea, the 16th century English explorer Sir Francis Drake undertook an expedition to circumnavigate the world. The journey lasted him from 1577 until 1580. On his return, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth. Apart from his global travels of exploration, Drake spent much of his time in the Elizabethan era searching for Spanish ships, and as vice admiral he was second in command of the English fleet that defeated the Spanish Armada in 1588. Christopher Columbus Christopher Columbus is known for his discovery of the 'New World' during his series of voyages which started in 1492 while searching for an alternate trading route to India. Columbus captained the Santa Maria, while two other ships, the Nia and the Pinta, flanked his four journeys to the Caribbean and South America over the 12 years that followed.

John Steinbeck

Steinbeck's books are some of the most sought after collectible books in used book stores across the United States and Europe. What makes this writer so collectible, so readable and in such demand in used books stores everywhere? Even though he still is in print it is difficult to find some of his classics just for reading! John Steinbeck was one of the best-known and most widely read American writers of the 20th century. He wrote the Pulitzer-Price winning novel, The Grapes of Wrath published in 1939 and the novel Of Mice and Men, published in 1937. In all, he wrote twenty-five books, including sixteen novels, six non-fiction books and several collections of short stories. In 1962 Steinbeck received the Noble Price for Literature. This is a great accomplishment for a writer of this time period. His work touched so many people as he captured the American spirit of working the land and struggling through difficult times such as The Grapes of Wrath. Steinbeck grew up in the Salinas Valley in California, which had a great affect on his writing.

Equiano's Acquisition by Another Master - Robert King, a Quaker

Around the middle of May, 1763 Equiano was all cast in utter depression and gloom. He had all the time been believing that Fate's blackest clouds were gathering over his head, and that upon their bursting would mix him with the dead. It was just at about that time .and when the ship on which he was engaged was about to sail for England, that Captain Doran sent for Equiano ashore. Equiano was then intimated by Doran's messenger that his fate has been determined. With fluttering steps and trembling heart Equiano came and found with the captain one Mr. Robert King, a Quaker, and the first merchant there. The captain then told Equiano that his former master, Pascal, had sent him there to be sold; but with a desire for him to get Equiano the best master he could, as he told him he was a very deserving boy. Doran then confirmed his endorsement of Equiano' master's approval of Equiano's conduct. If he were to stay in the West Indies, he went on, he would have been glad to keep him for himself;

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