A Course of Lectures on Modern History: To which are Added, Historical Essays on the Beginning of Our History, and on Caesar and Alexander

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H. G. Bohn, 1849 - 423 من الصفحات

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الصفحة 224 - I do find in the Scrinia Sacra ; that is to say, a letter addressed by Sir Francis Walsingham to an official person in France, containing an explanation in a narrative form of the Queen's proceedings towards the Catholics on the one hand and the Puritans on the other; framed expressly to show that her course had been consistent throughout ; including a reference to two statutes; and written before the 6th of April, 1590 (the date of Walsingham's death), but not before 1589 (for it has an obvious...
الصفحة 180 - Bourbon's defection, which was " almost necessitated," says Schlegel, "by the violent steps taken against him, if it cannot be altogether justified, may yet be palliated, and moreover must not be judged by the principles of public law subsequently established ; it must, on the contrary, be judged according to the then existing relations of the great vassals."* Among the incentives with which Terzky plies Wallenstein, in Schiller's tragedy, when urging revolt from the Emperor, and alliance with the...
الصفحة 343 - On the beginning of our history, and the last revolution of the earth; as the probable effect of a comet.
الصفحة 4 - ... better times ; these things it is that render his works immortal, that have given them an imperishable value for all ages. Not impartial is Tacitus — this any one, without intellect or love, can easily be. No ! he is in the highest degree partial, but his partiality is for the right party, and expressed in a just and noble manner.
الصفحة 304 - ... measures, and often hindered their success. This neglect " is the more to be lamented, as public opinion soon acquired a power so great and formidable, and almost exclusively governed the age. How many means, too, stood at his command to influence public opinion, to become the pilot of that age, and steer it towards the haven of universal well-being ! He, the offspring and heir of Maximilian and Charles the Fifth, the successor of Matthias Corvinus, the emperor of Germany, sovereign of the French...
الصفحة 107 - ... is fitted to be the type and symbol of the age of the Crusades. Characters such as this, or even as that of Godfrey and other more strictly religious Crusaders, are more adapted to be comprehended and depicted by the imagination of a Tasso, than to be penetrated and explained by the perspicuity of a Tacitus. The characters and heroes of the middle age are, indeed, throughout distinguished from those of classical antiquity, by this circumstance, that their fives and actions were always more under...
الصفحة 118 - Maximilian, may, as regards the state of manners and the constitution, be called turbulent. Of ignorance, however, and defective civilization, it is scarce possible to accuse an age, wherein the Mediterranean was covered with ships as richly laden, and its coasts by commercial cities as prosperous and powerful as in the most flourishing epoch of Greece ; and such was the case not...
الصفحة 119 - Electors, who passed before him when the hour struck, was probably less trustworthy than the ordinary sun-dials by which the Nurnberg workmen regulated their hours of work and play. inquiring spirit was at last rewarded by " the two grand discoveries by which the mind of man first attained its majority " — the discovery of the new hemisphere, and of the planetary motions. But this grand world-development of the fifteenth century, only concerns us at present in its local manifestation in Niirnberg....
الصفحة 117 - ... martial and every knightly virtue, by a vigorous and comprehensive understanding," he was greater still by his love of justice. "Unwearied in raising again the law that had been trampled under foot, he was himself judge, himself the protector and promoter of justice; the first, moreover, who, less by the power of his victorious sword than by the mild sway of justice, renovated Germany, and at the same time founded a mighty empire."t At another time Schlegel breaks out into notes of admiration.
الصفحة 119 - Mediterranean, but likewise in the Baltic Sea, to the ancients a north almost unknown, and an object of dread — an age wherein architecture soared with a new flight, and painting attained such high and hitherto unparalleled development and perfection — an age wherein philosophy, almost too widely cultivated, became an affair of State and of practical life, wherein all the historical and literary knowledge, which was at that time by any channels accessible, was...

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