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It gave the Premier League champions the satisfaction of defeating their vanquishers in the Champions League final.
But now they had been defeated, losing their first major war in more than a century; and their primary vanquishers were not the French but their own rebellious colonists, who accused the British of being exactly the kind of tyrants they believed themselves to have been fighting all along.
By comparison, England's vanquishers Germany have scored 23 goals in 10 games in the 2006 and 2010 tournaments.
Sensational headlines such as "Hunting Down the Foreigners" (Sunday Times, 27 July 2008), "Terror on the Home Front" (Sunday Times, 18 May 2008), "Flames of Xenophobic Hatred" (Business Day, 19 May 2008) and "Another Bloody Day in Alex" (The Star 13 May 2008) accompanied dramatic, scene-by-scene descriptions that focused on gruesome details and the gloating cries of vanquishers.
For instance, in "Le desastre banal," the main protagonist, Mirna, cynically divides the world between vanquished and vanquishers and concludes that only her body will help her to move from the vanquished to the winners' side (PC 13; ARS 100).
We read him stories in which both girls and boys were the vanquishers and refused to allow him any toys guns.
They will now face Ballyclare's vanquishers, Queen's, in the last eight.
Extraordinarily, Mortimer later threw in his lot with his vanquishers and married Owain Glyndwr's daughter.
Should this federal legislation pass, with its quid pro quo provision that writers vanquished in other lands may return home to become victorious over their would-be vanquishers and perhaps even collect treasure from them, then potential retaliation by other countries could be in the offing.