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Francesco Geminiani
British Myths and Legends
The Knight, the Lady, and the Forest of Sorrow
A little fable of encouragement for all the suffering.
Based on a fable by Jerome K. Jerome

ONCE upon a time, a company of knights rode upon the marches of a thick forest. Night lay upon it, and whoever turned aside from that path was held fast in its thorny briars, and lost in its darkness.

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No. 1
2 two-part story
George Frideric Handel
British Myths and Legends
The Legend of Pollard’s Lands
An enterprising knight rids the Bishop of Durham of a troublesome boar, but the price comes as a shock to his lordship.

THE estates around Auckland Castle, seat of the Bishops of Durham, were troubled by a wild boar, so much so that the Bishop and even the King had each put up a princely reward for his head.

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No. 2
2 two-part story
Orlando Gibbons and William Byrd
British Myths and Legends
The Legend of King Leir
An early British king discovers what he is really worth to his daughters.

IN the days of Ahab, King of Israel, and the prophet Elijah, there lived in Britain a King named Leir, from whom Leicester is named. He had three daughters, Goneril, Regan, and Cordelia, and in his old age he decided to divide his kingdom among them, after finding each one a suitable consort.

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No. 3
Henry Purcell
Poets and Poetry
King Arthur’s Last Request
The legendary British warrior makes ready for his final journey, leaving Sir Bedivere with one last duty to perform.
By Alfred, Lord Tennyson

“I HAVE liv’d my life, and that which I have done
May He within himself make pure! but thou,
If thou shouldst never see my face again,
Pray for my soul.

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No. 4
2 two-part story
Muzio Clementi
British Myths and Legends
Cap o’ Rushes
A girl’s choice of words sees her turned out of hearth and home.

A WEALTHY man was determined to find out which of his three daughters loved him best. So he asked the first how much she loved him, and she replied ‘Why, as I love my life!’ and the second said, ‘More than all the world!’

But the third said, ‘As raw meat loves salt.’

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No. 5
3 three-part story
Richard Jones
British Myths and Legends
Robin Hood and the Debt of Honour
The outlaw showed that strange as it may be, he did have a code of honour.

IT was Robin Hood’s custom to waylay a knight on the road, and invite him to dinner. As they finished their wine, Robin would ask how much money his guest was carrying, and if he lied, a tut-tutting Robin confiscated it.

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No. 6
2 two-part story
Ralph Vaughan Williams
British Myths and Legends
The Legend of Beowulf
The oldest surviving heroic legend in English begins with a wild creature of the fens that hunts men for prey.

MANY ages ago Scyld, the great King of the Danes, died. His body was committed to the sea in a great funeral ship, and the Danes did not expect to see his like again.

Among his descendants, however, was Hrothgar, a beloved leader who gathered noble men about him in his great mead-hall.

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No. 7
2 two-part story
Ralph Vaughan Williams
British Myths and Legends
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
A knight issues a bizarre challenge to King Arthur and his court.

ONE New Year’s Eve, a knight rode into King Arthur’s hall. His clothes and armour were all green; even his skin was green.

Anyone who wished, cried the strange knight, could take one free swing at him with an axe — provided that he could then do the same in return.

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No. 8
Henry Purcell
British Myths and Legends
How Brutus of Troy Became Britain’s First King
An early mediaeval myth linking British civilization to the Fall of Troy.

BRUTUS was a prince of Italy, and the great-grandson of Aeneas, the hero of Troy.

One day, Brutus shot his own father in a hunting accident, and fled to Greece. There he found many of his fellow Trojans, still oppressed by the Greeks who had tamed them so long before.

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No. 9
2 two-part story
Malcolm Arnold
British Myths and Legends
The Lambton Worm
Part One. John Lambton goes fishing on a Sunday, and lets loose all kinds of trouble.

ONE Sunday morning, John, the young heir of Lambton Hall, skipped Mass and went fishing in the Wear. No good could come of that, and no good did.

That morning, he hooked only an ugly-looking worm, tossed it with disgust down a well, and promptly forgot about it.

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Make as many words as you can with the letters below. All your words must be at least four letters long, and must also include the highlighted letter. What’s the nine-letter word?

SEE how many words you can make using the letters below. All your words must be at least 4 letters long, and must include the letter (change).

We found commonly used words, plus one 9-letter word. Can you do better?

Use each letter only once. But if there are e.g. two As, you can used them both.

Don’t count proper nouns such as April, Zeus, or Newcastle (pretty much anything that has to be spelled with a capital letter at the start), or acronyms like HMRC.

Don’t just add -S for plurals or third person singular verbs, e.g. CAT → CATS or SPEAK → SPEAKS.

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