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Queen Bertha and Her Times. By E. H. Hudson. (Rivingtons.) —

The title does not exactly describe the book, for we do not reach Queen. Bertha or her times till we have got very nearly half through it. It is,, in fact, a description of the Saxons, of their habits, manner of life, tte., winding up with the story of their conversion to Christianity. There- is plenty of information in it which, as far as we have had the oppor- tunity of judging, seems to have been carefully compiled and to be fairly accurate. The style is pleasant, if we except what sometimes looks like a slight affectation of simplicity ; and the book, on the whole, is readable.