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The Great Fire of London
A four-day fire in September 1666 swept the capital, and King Charles II played a heroic part as a firefighter.

THE Great Fire of London began in a bakery on Pudding Lane, near London Bridge, on September 2nd 1666.

With a strong east wind fanning the flames from house to house (one could shake hands across the street from some upper-storey windows), soon the fire was out of control.

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Distinguish using sentences: Later. Latter.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Clerk. Pass. Join.

Use together in one sentence: Calm. Bakery. Panic.

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The Price of Treachery
Music: Niels Gade
A Danish soldier in the seventeenth century imposes the severest sentence he can think of.

A DANISH soldier from Flensburg was awaiting medical attention in the company of a bottle of beer when he turned to see a wounded Swede lying near him. So he cradled the man’s head and plied his bottle.

At that moment, there was a sharp crack! and a searing pain in his shoulder. The Swede had shot him. ‘Rascal!’ cried our kindly Dane, ‘for that you must be punished.’

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Distinguish using sentences: Grown. Grew. Groan.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Turn. Roll. Change.

Use together in one sentence: Our. Drink. Roll.

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Interregnum
Music: John Playford
When Parliament overthrew the capricious tyranny of Charles I, it discovered an uncomfortable truth about power.

ON 1642, the English Parliament’s dispute with King Charles I over the extent of his powers came to civil war. Westminster’s army proved the better, and at last, seven years later, Colonel Thomas Pride led a coup, escorting the King’s supporters from the Commons so that the remainder – the ‘Rump’ Parliament — could more conveniently convict him of treason.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Militia. Military.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: War. Triumph. Pride.

Use together in one sentence: Pride. Republic. By.

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The Last Days of Charles II
Music: Henry Purcell
James calls Fr Huddleston to his brother’s deathbed, ready for a most delicate task.

IT was, they said, not unusual for Chiffinch, Charles’s confidential servant, to bring certain charming visitors up the back stairs to his master’s bedroom. Now the King lay upon his deathbed, however, the visitor was of another kind.

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Distinguish using sentences: Lobby. Persuade.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Exchange. Lay. Close.

Use together in one sentence: It was. Once. Bedroom.

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An Agent of the Crown
Music: Sir William Walton
Rascally republican Thomas Blood was usually to be found in any conspiracy against the King, but even when he stole the Crown Jewels the King never seemed to mind...

AFTER the restoration of King Charles II in 1660, one of Oliver Cromwell’s old lieutenants, Thomas Blood, was living in Dublin.

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Distinguish using sentences: Some time. Sometime. Sometimes.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Stop. Go. Court.

Use together in one sentence: Parson. Show off. Except.

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