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Horatius at the Bridge
Music: Muzio Clementi
Horatius Cocles was the last man standing between Rome’s republic and the return of totalitarian government in 509 BC.

TARQUIN found a friend in the Etruscan king called Lars Porsena, who brought an army to besiege Rome and restore him to the throne. He advanced towards the gate called Janiculum upon the Tiber, and drove the Romans out of the fort on the other side the river.

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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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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: See. Notice. Watch.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Drink. Shock. Roll.

Use together in one sentence: Terrible. Change. Send.

More games: Précis. Sevens. Jigsaw. Confusables. Spinner. Opposites. Verb or Noun? Active or Passive? Subject and Object. Adjectives. Word Classes.

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Wulfstan and the Seal of Approval
Music: John Field
William the Conqueror’s purge of the English Church was halted by a humble bishop and a dead king.

THINKING all Saxon bishops rustic and unworthy of their sees, Archbishop Lanfranc summoned Wulfstan, bishop of Worcester, to a synod in the Abbey at Westmister, and ordered him to give up his pastoral staff and ring to a better man.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Grave. Tomb.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Lay. Press. Man.

Use together in one sentence: Prise. Summon. Err.

More games: Précis. Sevens. Jigsaw. Confusables. Spinner. Opposites. Verb or Noun? Active or Passive? Subject and Object. Adjectives. Word Classes.

Mathieu Martinel and the Drowning Soldier
Music: Ignace Pleyel
A young French cavalry soldier took a tremendous risk to rescue a drowning man.

IN 1820, Mathieu Martinel was in Strasbourg when he saw a fellow cavalryman had fallen into the river, right beside the weir of a churning mill-wheel. Martinel leapt straight into the turbid waters, and grabbed onto the drowning man.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Poor. Pour. Pore.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Drag. Grab. Post.

Use together in one sentence: Clutch. Come up. Burden.

More games: Précis. Sevens. Jigsaw. Confusables. Spinner. Opposites. Verb or Noun? Active or Passive? Subject and Object. Adjectives. Word Classes.

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The Love of the Lindseys
Young Montague Bertie, Lord Willougby, tended his dying father behind enemy lines.

LORD Lindsey had once served alongside their opponent that day at Edgehill, the Earl of Essex, and recommended using the infantry against him.

But on the advice of his young nephew, Prince Rupert of the Rhine, the King, who had never commanded an army before, ordered a spectacular cavalry dash to sweep the enemy from the field.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Enemy. Enmity.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Release. Field. Command.

Use together in one sentence: Pointedly. Cavalry. Sorrowful.

More games: Précis. Confusables. Spinner. Opposites. Verb or Noun? Active or Passive? Subject and Object. Adjectives. Word Classes.

The Gift Thrice Given
A story about William the Conqueror’s father, Robert the Magnificent.

WHEN attending mass at the Abbey of Cerizy, his own foundation, Robert one day remarked a stranger knight, when asked for his alms at the offertory, reply sadly, that he had nothing to give.

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