Historical

 
A LESSON IN MANNERS

A man bearing a gift from his Master to his friend is so rude that he has to be taught a lesson in manners.


GOING TO SEA

George Washington at the age of 14 tells his mother that he would like to go on an adventure on the seas. This displeases his mother. Does George still go on the voyage?


THE SHEPHERD BOY PAINTER

A wonderful painter-Giotto slightly alters a painting that his Master had painted. His Master was furious. What became of the little shepherd painter?

 
 
A STORY OF ROBIN HOOD

Robin Hood- a friend of the opressed. He robbed the rich to give to the poor. Listen to one of his many adventures.


BRUCE AND THE SPIDER

Robert Bruce was the King of Scotland. 6 battles against his foes, 6 defeats. He was despondent. He then saw a spider try to spin a web 6 times and fail. The spider tried a 7th time and succeded. Did this inspire Bruce?

 
 
ANDROCULUS AND THE LION

Androculus was a slave ill treated by his Master. He runs away, hides in a cave and helps a wounded Lion. He is eventually caught and ordered to fight a Lion in the Ampitheatre.


HORATIUS AT THE BRIDGE

Horatius along with three men see the advancing Roman army heading towards their city. He hews down the draw bridge to prevent the advance, but gets stuck. Does he survive?


JULIUS CAESAR

Read about the adventures of Julius Caesar- said to be the greatest of all the Romans.

 
 
ANOTHER WOLF STORY

Israel Putman and his three friends set off in pursuit of a wolf that had been ravishing fields. He was a young man then. When the Revolutionary War began-he was one of the first to rush down to Boston to defend themselves against the British soldiers.


THE HORSESHOE NAILS

King Richard was rushing off to battle, but he needed his Horse shoed by a Blacksmith. The Blacksmith ran out of nails to shoe the Horse. Only two hoofs were shoed. King Richard rushed off with the Horse into battle. But did the Horse help him win the battle?


THE LANDLORDS MISTAKE

A dirty looking man arrives at an Inn looking for lodgings for the night. The Landlord turns him away. The dirty looking man was none other than Thomas Jefferson.

 
 
ANTONIO CANOVA

Antonio was a young lad who lived with his Grandfather who was a stonecutter. He watched his Grandfather attentively. He later became a well renowned Sculptor.

 
 
CASABIANCA

Casabianca was an obedient young boy who always obeyed his father. Their flagship had been hit by a canon. All who could get overboard into a smaller boat left the ship. Casabiancas father had asked him to stay on board at all times. Flames raged throughout the ship. Did he leave the ship?


THE INCHCAPE ROCK

A notorious rock in the North Sea had claimed many lives during stormy nights. An Abbot placed a bouy to warn approaching ships about the danger. Someone removed the bouy. Why?

 
 
COLUMBUS AND THE EGG

Christopher Columbus discovered America on October 12th 1492. He spent 18 years planning his first voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. Read about his adventures.


UPON A PEAK IN DARIEN

Having discovered America, Columbus set his sights on going far to the Southwest of Cuba. Read more adventures about Columbus.

 
 
DOCTOR GOLDSMITH

An old man is seriously ill. There is no food in the cupboard. What does Dr Goldsmith do?


THE KINGDOMS

King Frederick William of Prussia took a walk in the woods where he met some children. The kids taught him a thing or two that changed his outlook on life. What was it?

 
 
DR JOHNSON AND HIS SON

Dr Samuel Johnson when he was a young man disobeyed his fathers instructions. 50 years later he retraces his footsteps.

 
 
EUREKA

A King of Syracuse named Hiero ruled over a small kingdom, but he wanted to wear a big crown. He gave a Goldsmith 10pounds of pure gold. But did the Goldsmith use all the gold for the crown?


GALILEO AND THE LAMPS

Listen to the thinking behind Galileo and the experiments that he conducted with pendulums as they swung back and forth.

 
 
FREDERICK BARBAROSSA

Frederick was the King of Germany. He was 69 years old. He had fought many battles. He was a warrior through and through. Would his age allow him to retire or were there more battles in store?

 
 
GRACE DARLING

A storm caused a ship wreck. Grace who was watching from the lighthouse, saw the tragic events unfold. She begged her father to go out and see if they could save anyone? He was reluctant. Did they attempt a rescue?


THE STORY OF WILLIAM TELL

Switzerland was once ruled by a proud tyrant named Gessler. Gessler placed a cap on top of a tall pole in the public square and ordered his citizens to bow before it. One man-William Tell refused to.To punish Tell, Gessler told Tell to place an apple on top of his boys head and shoot the apple with his bow and arrow. Did William Tell oblige?


ARNOLD WINKELREID

A great army was advancing on Switzerland. Should the army prevail then the Swiss were in trouble. Noone could stop the marching army. Arnold gave his life for his country. How?

 
 
HANNIBAL-THE HERO OF CARTHAGE

: Hannibal was the young son of Hamilcar a General. He begged his father to allow him to go to battle with him in Spain. His father refuses. Does Hannibal get his chance?

 
 
JOHN GUTENBURG AND THE VOICES

John had invented a print machine in which he had almost finished printing a large folio edition of the Bible in Latin. He had almost finished when he heard two voices. One praising his work. The other saying he was wicked. Which voice did he succumb to?


JAMES WATT AND THE TEAKETTLE

Amazed at seeing a kettle boil yet steam causing the kettle lid to rattle, made James mind begin to wonder how come? After years of study-one experiment after another, James persevered, and eventually gave the world the first steam engine.

 
 
KING ALFRED AND THE CAKES

King Alfred was the King of England. He was a wise and good King. After a battle his army was scattered. Alfred sought refuge. Tired and hungry he came to the hut of a woodcutter. The deal was he would get some food if he looks after her cakes. Was he able to do that simple task?


KING ALFRED AND THE BEGGAR

The Danes had driven King Alfred from his kingdom. Alfred had to hide. Alfred fed a beggar, but he turned out to be no ordinary beggar. He had words of comfort for Alfred. What did the beggar tell him?


KING CANUTE ON THE SEASHORE

King Canute was a Danish King. He was surrounded by men whom only praised him no matter what. He had enough, but what did he do about it?

 
 
KING JOHN AND PRINCE ARTHUR

At the time that he reigned, King John was not the rightful King of England. The Crown should have gone to his nephew Prince Arthur. King John resolved to get rid of Prince Arthur by any means necessary. What did he do?

 
 
KING JOHN AND THE ABBOT

King John of England was a bad King. He was harsh and cruel to his people. A rich old Abbot lived in Canterbury who lived a grand life. King John was envious of his lifestyle and wanted to put a stop to it. What did he do when he summoned the abbot to him?

 
 
KING JOHN AND THE MAGNA CHARTA

The people King John ruled over hated him. He robbed his people and offended all good men. Finally some Barons met to decide what to do. King John was forced to sign a charta-the MAGNA CHARTA to which Englishmen still point to as the first safeguard of their rights and liberties.


WHY ALEXANDER WEPT

Alexander swept over all the western part of Asia with his little army. He took most regions of the world, but he was not satisfied. Why?

 
 
KING RICHARD AND BLONDEL

King Richard was known as the Lion Hearted King. A brave warrior. He went to war and was eventually captured and shut up in a Castle. His faithful servant Blondel never gave up hope of seeing his Master, and embarked on a country by country search looking for him. Did he find him?

 
 
MAXIMILLIAN AND THE GOOSE BOY

He was the King of Bavaria. One summer day the King took a walk intending to read a book, but he couldnt be bothered. He got up and forgot the book under the tree. He remembered after he had walked a mile or so. He asked a boy tending to his Geese to go back for the book and he would look after his Geese.Listen to what transpired.

 
OTHER WISE MEN OF GOTHAM

The people of Gotham hated the King. When they heard that the King was to pass that way, they resolved to prevent him from doing so. Did they succeed?

 
 
PICCIOLA

Charney was wrongfully impriosoned. Noone cared about him. One day in the courtyard he stumbled across a little mound. A plant was beginning to sprout. He called it Picciola. He now had something to nuture daily.

 
 
SIR ISAAC NEWTON AND THE APPLE

Isaac was a great thinker. One day Isaac was lying on the grass under an apple tree and thinking. Suddenly an apple fell to the ground beside him. What made the apple fall? Here began the search for Sir Isaac. He just had to find out!


THE FIRST PRINTER

John Gutenburg had journeyed to Holland. He was subsequently introduced to a man called Laurence Coster. Their minds locked, and eventually the first printer was born.

 
 
SIR WALTER RALEIGH

Walter Raleigh was a brave and noble man. He lived in England. One day Elizabeth the Queen of England was passing by. There was a huge muddy puddle in front of her. What did Walter do and how was he rewarded for his actions?


POCAHONTAS

John Smith wandered into the woods and was captured by some Indians. They lead him to their King. A death sentence was pronounced over him. Pocahontas the daughter of the King came in just as they were about to kill him. Was she able to save John Smiths life?


GEORGE WASHINGTON AND HIS HATCHET

George was a little boy when his father gave him a hatchet. George was excited and immediately set about to chop down a Cherry Tree. Unknown to George it was his fathers tree. What did his father say when he saw his most favoured tree cut down?

 
 
THE BLACK DOUGLAS

In the days of King Robert Bruce of Scotland, there lived a man called Douglas. The English had taken a Scottish castle. The Scotts wanted it back. What did they do?


THREE MEN OF GOTHAM

Funny story about two men arguing about taking a Sheep across a bridge. How did they resolve their dispute?

 
 
THE BRAVE THREE HUNDRED

Greece was in danger. A mighty army lead by the great King of Persia was marching against Greece. Was there anything the men of that region could do? The King of the Spartans had three hundred Spartan soldiers. But what could they do against an army of thousands?


SOCRATES AND HIS HOUSE

Socrates was a very wise man who lived in Greece. Why did his friends object to him building a very small box house for himself?


THE KING AND HIS HAWK

Genghis Khan was a great King and warrior. One day the wary King was returning home with his favoured Hawk by his side. He came across a stream, he attempted to fill his cup, but his hawk kept knocking the cup out of his hand. Why was the hawk behaving in such an odd manner?

 
 
THE ENDLESS TALE

In the Far East was a great King who had no work to do. He loved listening to stories, but complained that the stories were too short. He then set a challenge. Anyone who could read him an endless tale would have his daughter for his wife. Did he find such a man?


THE BLIND MEN AND THE ELEPHANT

6 blind men asked a driver if he would allow them to touch and feel his elephant. All 6 felt different parts of the elephant and decided what kind of animal he was.

 
 
THE GORDIAN KNOT

An unusual story about a knot that was impossible to undo. Why? Was there a reward for anyone who could undo the knot?

 
 
THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK

During the timeof King Louis the Fourteenth of France when he was only a small boy, a stranger was put in prison. Who was he? Why was he there? No one was allowed to talk to him. Strangest of all- the prisoner wore an iron mask. Why? He was imprisoned for 25 years. Did anyone ever see his face?


THE CROSSING OF THE RUBICON

Rome was the most powerful city in the world. The Romans had conquered all the countries north of the Mediterranean sea. Julius Caesar wanted to enter Italy, but a little river-the Rubicon stood in his way. Did he overcome this obstacle?

 
 
THE MILLER AND THE DEE

A miller who lived on the banks of the River Dee. He was always happy and cheerful. The King wanted to know what made him so happy. The King decided to pay the miller a visit. Did the King learn anything from the miller?


SIR PHILIP SIDNEY

It was a fierce battle. Sir Philip was injured. Someone brought him a cup of water. But over yonder Sir Philip saw a dying man. What did he request when Sir Philip saw this?


THE UNGRATEFUL SOLDIER

The Swedes and Danes were at war with one another. A Dane was sitting on the ground. He was just about to drink a cup of water when he heard a voice asking for some water. It was a dying Swede. The Dane showed compassion, what did the Swede do to the Dane?


SIR HUMPHREY GILBERT

Twice he set sail out to America to settle there. Twice he failed. He attempted a final voyage. Did he succeed?

 
 
THE SONS OF CALIPH

Al Mamoun lived in Persia. He had two sons whom he wanted to become noble and honest men, so he employed a wise man whose name was Al Farra. Did Al Farra succeed in his task?


THE BOY AND THE ROBBERS

In Persia when Cyrus was the great King, boys were taught and encouraged to tell the truth at all times. Otanes was 12 years old when his parents sent him away. En route they were armbushed by robbers. Otanes had 40 pieces of Gold on him. Would he tell the robbers?


A LESSON IN JUSTICE

Alexander the King of Macedon found himself in the Far East. He met the Shah, or the ruler of that country. He invited Alexander for dinner. There he talked to Alexander about the meaning of life.

 
 
THE SONS OF WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR

William the Conqueror had three sons. He was concerned as to which son should inherit the throne after his death. His wise men advised him to set each son a task. How did the sons get on? Who was chosen to succeed his father?


THE WHITE SHIP

King Henry had only one son called William. One summer Prince William with his father went over to France. King Henry left France before William, because William wanted to sail in the evening. On their way back, Prince Williams ship struck a rock. Did he survive?

 
 
THE STORY OF CINCINNATUS

Cincinnatus was once a rich man who lost all his wealth. He was now poor. Yet he was a wise and trusted man. The people of Rome needed his help and advice once more. Did he oblige?


THE STORY OF REGULUS

Regulus was a brave Roman General who never broke his word. He was captured and taken prisoner. He was released from prison to go back and tell his people to surrender and then to return to the prison. Did Regulus keep his word and return to prison after delivering the message?


CORNELIAS JEWELS

Two sons were busy admiring the beauty of their mothers friend when the two ladies were walking inthe garden. What was more precious in their mothers eyes. Jewels or her sons?

 
 
THE SWORD OF DAMOCLES

The King Dionysius was a tyrant. Everyone hated him. He was very rich and lived in a fine Palace. Damocles was the Kings friend. One day they both agree to swap places for one day. How did they fair?


A LACONIC ANSWER

Spartans were found in the Southern part of Greece. Spartans had a rule that they should speak briefly and not use more words than were needed.Philip of Macedon was from Northern Greece who wanted to rule all of Greece. Listen to their reply to King Philip when he threatened them.

 
 
THE UNGRATEFUL GUEST

A soldier who was a good friend of King Philip was ship wrecked and saved by a kind farmer who lived close by. When he recovered, he promised to repay the farmer for his kindness. He didnt tell King Philip the truth- only that he wanted the King to get him a fine farm by the seashore for him. Would the truth be revealed to King Philip?


ALEXANDER AND BUCEPHALUS

King Philip bought a Horse-Bucephalus. It was a wild Horse that could not be tamed. The Kings son said he could tame the Horse. Did he succeed?

 
 
THE YOUNG SCOUT

Andrew Jackson was 13 years old when the British took Charleston in South Carolina. He was determined to drive the Brits out. He was too young to join the army. He left without his mothers permission. How did he get on?


THE LAD WHO RODE SIDESADDLE

Daniel Webster lived in the country far from the city. He walked 2 or 3 miles to school daily. One day his father told him that they were going to Exeter nearly 50 miles away. Daniel was to ride with a ladys sidesaddle. Why did Daniel object so much?

 
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