Historical Introductions to the Rolls Series

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Longmans, Green, 1902 - Great Britain - 534 pages
 

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Page 179 - Richard by the grace of God king of England, Duke of Normandy and Aquitaine, and Count of Anjou, to all his men who are about to go to Jerusalem by sea, greeting.
Page 91 - ... but it cannot be suppressed by them, and if it exists it will be seen in operation. A careful reading of the history of the three centuries of Angevin kings might almost tempt one to think that the legend of their diabolical origin and hereditary curse was not a mere fairy tale, but the mythical expression of some political foresight or of a strong historical instinct. But, in truth, no such theory is needed; the vices of kings, like those of other...
Page 89 - ALMOST a matter of necessity for the student of history to work out for himself some definite idea of the characters of the great men of the period he is employed upon. History cannot be well read as a chess problem, and the man who tries to read it so is not worthy to read it at all. Its scenes cannot be realised, its lessons cannot be learned, if the actors are looked on merely as puppets. A living interest must invest those who played a part in making the world what it is: those whose very existence...
Page 180 - He ordered the names to be read. The first on the list was that of John. The sound of the beloved name startled him at once. He leaped up from his bed as one beside himself, and looking round him with a quick troubled glance exclaimed, ' Is it true that John, my very heart, the best beloved of all my sons, for whose advancement I have brought upon me all this misery, has forsaken me ? ' The reader had no other answer to make than to repeat the name. Henry saw that it was on the list, and threw himself...
Page 104 - ... who never prefers good faith to policy or appearances to realities ; who trusts rather to time and circumstances than to the goodwill of others ; by inclination parsimonious and retiring, but on occasion lavish...
Page 106 - He was an able, plausible, astute, cautious, unprincipled man of business. His temper was violent, and he was probably subject to the outrageous paroxysms of passion which are attributed to his Norman ancestors, and which, if they have not been exaggerated by the historians, must have been fearful proofs of a profane and cruel disposition, on which discipline had imposed no restraints.
Page 366 - Irish school ; and thus the monastic institution was not, as among the earlier converted nations, an innovation which rested its claims for reverence on the sanctity or asceticism of its professors : it was coeval with Christianity itself : it was the herald of the Gospel to kings and people, and added the right of gratitude to that of religious respect or superstitious awe.
Page 25 - ... the office of chancellor, or at least that of chief of the chaplains who were also the King's clerks. A great historian has suggested that "the office held by Dunstan under Edred must have been very much like that of the later chancellors1...
Page 102 - ... master in his own house. The humbling of the barons was no hard task; the initiation of law and order was an easy consequence; but the attempt to apply the principles of law and order to the clergy, in a way that was not sanctioned by the public opinion of his day, and which made his ablest counsellor his most inveterate foe, brought up an opposition which called into play all the violence of his nature. It was not that his character changed, but that circumstances brought out what was in him...
Page 179 - The letter is extant,5 and is dated at Azai. It is probably the last document he ever issued. It begins, ' Henry, by the grace of God king of England, duke of Normandy and Aquitaine, and count of Anjou, to the convent of Christ Church, Canterbury, greeting, and by God's mercy on his return to England, peace.

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