A Little History of the World by E. H. Gombrich

By E. H. Gombrich

E. H. Gombrich’s bestselling heritage of the area for younger readers tells the tale of mankind from the Stone Age to the atomic bomb, focusing now not on small element yet at the sweep of human event, the level of human success, and the intensity of its frailty. The made from a beneficiant and humane sensibility, this undying account makes intelligible the complete span of human heritage. In 40 concise chapters, Gombrich tells the tale of guy from the stone age to the atomic bomb. In among emerges a colourful photograph of wars and conquests, grand artistic endeavors, and the unfold and boundaries of technological know-how. it is a textual content ruled no longer by way of dates and evidence, yet by way of the sweep of mankind’s adventure around the centuries, a advisor to humanity’s achievements and an acute witness to its frailties.

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Yet the old man Creon, now alas king of Thebes, is filled with anger and evil. No, he is not king. He is tyrant of Thebes. With malice in his heart, this tyrant has defiled the bodies of our dead husbands. He has stripped them and piled them in a heap. He will not allow the corpses to be burned or buried. ’ At that the women set up another wail and beat their breasts. ‘Have mercy on us,’ one of them cried out. ‘We wretched women beg for succour. ’ The noble lord Theseus dismounted. His heart was indeed filled with grief at the bitterness of their woes.

The KNIGHT, as you might expect, was a man of substance and of valour. From the start of his career as a warrior he had fought for truth and honour, for freedom and for dignity. He had proved himself in warfare in many lands; he had ridden through the territories of the Christians and the countries of the infidel, and had been universally praised for his military virtues. He had been present when Alexandria was won from the Turks; he had taken the palm of valour from all the knights of Prussia; he had mounted expeditions in Russia and Lithuania.

He reined in his horse here, and addressed us. ‘Ladies and gentlemen, or should I say fellow pilgrims, I hope you all remember our agreement. I recall it vividly myself. I take it for granted that none of you have changed your minds. Is that not so? Good. Well, who do you think should tell the first story? We agreed that you would all be bound by my decision. Any man or woman who dissents will be obliged to pay all of our expenses. If I am mistaken, then I swear that I will never drink again. ’ We got down from our horses and formed a circle.

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