History Jokes: British humor, history of England


Funny anecdotes and short stories are a great source of examples in public speeches. This website contains short funny stories, clean jokes and humorous legends of kings and queens, politicians, famous literary figures and artists from many books and sources. The styles of writers from different time periods was preserved - they often enhance the stories in an amusing way. Enjoy and have fun!

Irish composer's marriage 
Friday, March 7, 2008, 05:44 PM - British humor, history of England, Jokes and anecdotes of famous people, Funny Music History
Posted by Court Jester
The Irish composer, Field, married from a somewhat
peculiar reason, if we may believe his version of it.
While yet this originator of the style of music called the "
nocturne " was single, he numbered among his pupils
one attractive young lady from whom he found it exceedingly
difficult to collect the amount of her tuition
bill.
Finally, Field concluded to proceed to law in the matter,
that is, to use one form of law for he proposed to
the slow-paying damsel and was accepted. He made
no secret of the fact that she was his pupil and he married
her to get rid of giving her lessons for which she
never paid, and for which he felt sure she never would.
This may be a good plan. Who can say but it is
applied more than the world knows. But what if the
teacher is already the happy possessor of one, or if he
has several debtors among the fair sex ?
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Queen Elizabeth's ring 
Queen Elizabeth ... drawing from her finger the coronation ring, showed it to the Commons, and told them that when she received that ring she had solemnly bound herself in marriage to the realm, and it would be quite sufficient for the memorial of her name, and for her glory, if, when she died, an inscription were engraved on her marble tomb : 'Here lyeth Elizabeth, which (sic) reigned a virgin, and died a woman.' This coronation ring was filed off her finger shortly before her death, on account of the flesh having grown over it.

From Finger-ring Lore: Historical, Legendary, Anecdotal by William Jones

Queen Elizabeth's ring actually represents a very unique catrgory of promise rings. Learn more about promise rings.


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Hanging Judge 
Thursday, March 6, 2008, 06:23 PM - British humor, history of England
Posted by Court Jester
Counsellor Grady, on a late trial in Ireland, said, he recollected to have heard of a relentless Judge; he was known by the name of the Hanging Judge, and was never seen to shed a tear but once, and that was during the representation of The Beggar's Opera, when Macheath got a reprieve! It was the same Judge, we believe, between whom and Mr. Curran, the following pass of wit once took place at table.
"Pray, Mr. Curran," said the Judge, " is that hung beef beside you? If it is, I will try it." " If you try it, my lord," replied Mr. Curran, "it is sure to be hung."

From Percy Anecdotes
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Sir Walter Scott 
Thursday, March 6, 2008, 12:04 AM - British humor, history of England, Jokes and anecdotes of famous people
Posted by Court Jester
Sir Walter Scott, when a boy, gave very slight indications of genius, nor did he shine in his early career as a scholar. In Latin, he did not advance far until his tenth year, when Dr. Pater- son succeeded to the school at Musselburgh, where young Scott then was. Dr. Blair, on a visit to Musselburgh, soon after Dr. Paterson took charge of the school, accompanied by somn friends, examined several of the pupils, and paid particular attention to young Scott. Dr. Pater- son thought it was the youth's stupidity that engaged the doctor's notice, and said, " My predecessor tells me, that boy has the thickest skull in the school.""May be so," replied Dr. Blair, "hut through that thick scull I can discern many bright rays of future genius." How fully the prediction has been verified, need not be told.
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The Oxford Dragon 
Jacob Bobart the younger, and son of a German
horticulturist of the same name, who superintended
the Physic Garden in Oxford, in the
seventeenth century, once played an ingenious
hoax on the learned of that university. He
found a large dead rat in the garden, and transformed
it by art into the shape of a dragon, as
represented in old and curious books of natural
history, particularly in Aldrovandus. This was
shown to various learned men, all of whom believed
it to be a genuine and invaluable specimen
of the dragon. Many fine copies of verses were
written by the literati, in honor of Bobart and
his matchless discovery, and persons flocked
from all parts to see it. Bobart owned the cheat
some years after, but it was for a long time preserved
as a masterpiece of art.

From The Percy Anecdotes
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