[COMPLETE] The History of Britain by Milton - availle

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Post by chymocles » May 12th, 2019, 2:42 pm

The History of Britain by John Milton (1608 - 1674).

This project is now complete! All files can be downloaded from the catalog page here:
https://librivox.org/the-history-of-britain-by-john-milton/

A reader of this history, encountering the frequent references to “my author,” meaning the current source, will be reminded of Don Quixote and of The Morte d’Arthur, for Milton employs a style that might be called dissertational rather then novelistic; he carefully identifies his sources and often quotes from them. However, much of the scholarly documentation has been omitted from the reading—all except footnotes indicating the years—to avoid cumbersome interruptions.

What will be obvious to a listener, though, is that Milton uses earlier chronicles with discretion. He doubts the very existence of Arthur and proposes an ingenious explanation of the origin of his supposed father, Uther. When obliged to cite George Buchanan, the world-renowned neo-Latin author and tutor (later detractor) of Mary Queen of Scots, he regularly uses more than a grain of salt, in view of that scholar’s Scottish bias. And as he carefully weighs the reliability of his sources, so he offers his candid opinion of the wisdom and integrity of historical figures. He sneers at the story of King Canute’s famously commanding the rising tide of waves to retire, but not for the reason one might suppose. Boadicea gets low marks, Alfred high ones—but not without some reservations. And in a long digression comparing the government of Britain, newly freed from Roman domination, to the British republic under Cromwell (for which, as Secretary of the Foreign Tongues, Milton was the voice), his criticism is so frank and savage that the passage had to be suppressed during his lifetime. Such personal opinions are what make this book entertaining and useful for the serious study of the author’s thought and personality.

The endearingly affectionate life of the author, written by his elder nephew, Edward Philips, offers much first-hand information although its facts are not always accurate and its coverage spotty. One learns nothing, for example, about Milton’s visit to the home of Galileo, but Philips's discussion of the role his cousins played in their father’s scholarly pursuits is detailed and affords no basis to the myth that he ever dictated his poetry to his daughters. ( T. A. Copeland)
  • Text source (only read from this text!): https://archive.org/details/historyofbritain00miltuoft/page/n7
  • Type of proof-listening required (Note: please read the PL FAQ): wordperfect



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    BC Admin <br>
    Genres for the project: *Non-fiction/History /Antiquity; *Non-fiction/History /Middle Ages/Middle History
    Keywords that describe the book: england britain legend history english british
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  • The reader will record the following at the beginning and end of each file:
    No more than 0.5 to 1 second of silence at the beginning of the recording!
    START of recording (Intro):
    • "Chapter [number] of The History of Britain. This is a LibriVox recording. All LibriVox recordings are in the public domain. For more information, or to volunteer, please visit: librivox DOT org"
    • If you wish, say:
      "Recording by [your name], [city, your blog, podcast, web address]"
    • Say:
      "The History of Britain, by John Milton. [Chapter]"


    For the second and all subsequent sections, you may optionally use the shortened form of this intro disclaimer:
    • "Chapter [number] of The History of Britain by John Milton. This LibriVox recording is in the Public Domain."
    • If you wish, say:
      "Recording by [your name], [city, your blog, podcast, web address]"
    • Only if applicable, say:
      "[Chapter title]"
    END of recording:
    • At the end of the section, say:
      "End of [Chapter]"
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      "Recording by [your name], [city, your blog, podcast, web address]"
    • At the end of the book, say (in addition):
      "End of The History of Britain, by John Milton. "

    There should be ~5 seconds silence at the end of the recording.
  • Example filename historyofbritain_##_milton_128kb.mp3 (all lower-case) where ## is the section number (e.g. historyofbritain_01_milton_128kb.mp3)


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Post by Availle » May 12th, 2019, 4:22 pm

Hi Tom,

nice to have you back! :clap:

I'm happy to MC this for you, but we need to have a chat about your text source... :? Since your link does not provide a full scan, and shows title pages of several editions, I am not convinced that the text is taken from a single edition only.

However, I could find an 1818 edition of "The History of Britain" that is perfectly fine to read from:
https://archive.org/details/historyofbritain00miltuoft/page/n7

What do you think?
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Post by chymocles » May 18th, 2019, 7:29 am

I'll be happy to use the text you recommend. Thanks. I think I would also like to read the "Life of Milton" that precedes it since it was written by his nephew, whom Milton had home-schooled, but I don't think I want to record the preface. If it is all right with you, I would like to start the project with the main text, though. There is no special reason not to put the "Life" at the end of the project rather than at the beginning, is there?

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Post by Availle » May 18th, 2019, 9:30 am

Great!

It's okay not to read the preface, that's your choice.

About the "Life of Milton"... we have a number of readers that like to read along with the text. I think it would be quite confusing for them if the first part in the book would be the last part in the recording. For this reason, I would recommend that you read it at the beginning, where it is in the book itself.

Alternatively, you could read the "Life of Milton" as a standalone section for our "Short Nonfiction Collection" here: viewtopic.php?f=19&t=74648
Sue Anderson is always happy to get interesting recordings. If you choose to read this part of the book for her, just read the first post of that thread (the intro/outro is slightly different) and submit your finished recording there.

Just let me know what your plans are.
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Post by chymocles » May 18th, 2019, 7:59 pm

Excellent solution. I will do this afterwards. I am enjoying the mainly mythical early history. When I find a PL, I will have something ready.

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Post by Availle » May 19th, 2019, 4:17 am

Tom, I've set this up for you, you're ready to go!

Please read from the link I provided, other than that, everything is fine.
Do you want to do the cover for this book as well?

Have fun! :D
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Post by elsieselwyn » May 19th, 2019, 8:42 am

I’d be more than happy to DPL :)

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Post by chymocles » May 19th, 2019, 9:05 am

Welcome, Elsie. I'll have something for you today or tomorrow.

Yes, Availle, I'll do the cover eventually.

Thanks to both of you,

Tom

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Post by chymocles » May 19th, 2019, 4:22 pm

I can't log in to the BC admin page. it doesn't even offer me a place to enter a username and password; it just tells me to get out. I did, however, upload the first file.

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Post by Availle » May 19th, 2019, 4:40 pm

You probably have a problem with the wrong password. You can use your own BC password to upload your files and then you can get into the MW without troubles. In your own projects, you don't need to use the generic uploader password.

I have retrieved your upload and filled in the MW for you. For now. ;-)
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Post by chymocles » May 19th, 2019, 6:46 pm

Thanks for the band-aid, but I am confused. Right now, I don't even remember how I got to the uploader even though it happened only hours ago. I must also point out that the page of information on how to use the MW (https://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0AcMZhSudHexxZHQ3MjR2d18xMjFndHc1NWdkcA&hl=en) is no help at all for uploading or for entering the MW. These seem to be secrets, and I have forgotten them.

Tom

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Post by Availle » May 19th, 2019, 7:41 pm

Tom, this file is grossly outdated. I have no idea where you got this from?

Please use this link here (in our own wiki) for the current process:
https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=Soloists:_How_to_update_the_Magic_Window

I hope this helps.

To make sure about your login: You can always use your own BC login for the Magic Window to upload any files. This will prevent issues with wrong logins, on the workflow level at least. Remember also that the workflow (i.e., the uploader and MW) and the forum (here) can have different passwords (if you set them up differently).
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Post by chymocles » May 20th, 2019, 3:49 am

You can always use your own BC login for the Magic Window to upload any files.
After sleeping on the matter, I decided that I should log out and then log in again. So I did that this morning. Then I clicked on the "BC Admin" link and repeated the process, using the same login, but it did not work. I went through this process twice, in case I might have misspelled something. No go.

Tom

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Post by Availle » May 20th, 2019, 4:09 am

I just checked a second time, you are definitely in as BC for this project and should have access. If you'd like to discuss that more, maybe we should switch to private messages so we can talk about passwords and stuff.
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Post by Availle » May 21st, 2019, 1:42 am

Since the launch pad is a bit full at the moment, I'm moving this to "going solo" even though we haven't gotten you MW access yet... We'll sort it out Tom, don't worry!
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