Bibliotheca Ms. Stowensis: A Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Stowe Library

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J. Seeley, 1818 - Manuscripts
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Page 211 - Turks, has displayed all the excellencies that narration can admit. His style, though somewhat obscured by time, and sometimes vitiated by false wit, is pure, nervous, elevated, and clear.
Page 126 - Iren. They use to place him that shall be their captaine upon a stone, always reserved to that purpose, and placed commonly upon a hill. In some of which I have seen formed and engraven a foot, which they say was the measure of their first captaine's foot...
Page 380 - the ritual of religion is applied to the tender passion, and Ovid's Art of Love is blended with the Breviary.
Page 30 - Both the laity and clergy in Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, held in such great veneration portable bells, and staves crooked at the top, and covered with gold, silver, and brass, and similar relics of the saints, that they were much more afraid of swearing falsely by them than by the gospels, because, from some hidden and miraculous power with which they were gifted, and the vengeance of the saint to whom they were particularly pleasing, their despisers and transgressors are severely punished.
Page 73 - Connacht, folio, parchment. — The written pages are 174, beginning with the year 1223, and ending with 1562. Ireland produces no chronicle of the affairs of Connacht to be compared with this. The narrative is in many instances circumstantial ; the occurrences of the different years in every part of the province are noticed ; as are the foundations of castles and churches, and the chronology is every where minutely detailed. " There is no history of the province of Connacht ; neither is there of...
Page 202 - ... page into three columns ceases, and where a leaf is missing, appears to be written by a more recent hand ; so that from inspection it might be argued, that the real original ended with the year 1130, and that the remainder has been added by different Abbots of Inisfallen afterwards. Down to 1130, the initials are rudely adorned and coloured, and the writing is elegant ; but from thence to the end, there is no attempt at any species of ornament, and the writing declines from barbarous to more...
Page 382 - Austin or Guy earl of Warwick, ludicrous or legendary, religious or romantic, a history or an allegory, he writes with facility. His transitions were rapid from works of the most serious and laborious kind to sallies of levity and pieces of popular entertainment. His muse was of universal...
Page xi - And these are the kings that reigned in the land of Edom, before there reigned any king over the children of Israel.
Page 236 - ... sect had chosen Sir John Everard knight, for the speaker, and therefore, would in no wise accept of Sir John Davis, and in this division grew an uncertainty who had most voices ; whereupon Sir John Davis, with all those of the protestancy, went out to be numbered, and before they came in again those of the recusancy had shut the door, and had set Sir John Everard in the chair of the speaker; but when the protestants saw that, they quietly pulled Sir John Everard out of the chair, and held Sir...
Page 41 - ... not divided into chapters or verses, and no break appears in the text from beginning to end. The next article is an ANCIENT IRISH MISSAL, written in larger Irish characters than the preceding Gospel of St. John. All the improvements which have been made in the Roman Missal since the days of Berno, AD 1012, and which were universally adopted in Ireland, at the synod of Kells, in 1152, are wanting in this ; and therefore this must be considered as the Missal which was in use in Ireland before that...

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