Gesta Stephani

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Richard Clarke Sewell
sumptibus Societatis, 1846 - Great Britain - 139 pages
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Page 41 - ... legimus, inductos, aut ieiuniis macerare, aut suppliciis addictis usque ad nouissimum quadrantem quicquid possederant ab eis exigere." Alii tegnam excogitantes uersutiorem, ubi Anglia quietior, pax abundantior,6 populus otio et securitati acclinior, in die per tritam et populosam uiam nunc huc, nunc illuc itinerare ; nomen suum, personas, et officium mentiri ; non arma, non notabilem habitum, non impia modumque excedentia uerba more praedonum proferre ; sed humilem uultum, mediocrem incessum,...
Page xi - ... it horrors. Indeed, as Dr. Sewell remarks, the whole narrative " is one stirring series of events of personal and individual interest, and, in this respect, it partakes much more of the character of a romance than of a history. We are transported at once into the camp of Stephen and his barons; we are present at his councils ; we are hurried forward in the night march ; we lurk in the ambuscade; we take part in the storming of castles and cities. Now we stand in the wild morasses of the isle...
Page 3 - At his arrival, the city, which had been in mourning for the death of King Henry, came out to meet him with, shouts of joy, and received him in triumph ; regaining in Stephen what they had lost in their protector Henry. The men of rank and experience, assembled in...
Page 40 - ... qui regi fauebant, terras uel possessiones audierant, tanquam famelica canum rabies ad appositum cadauer illuc auide et maturanter cursitare ; iuga boum, greges pecudum, quicquid concupiscibile uel oculus cernebat, uel cor ambitiosum affectabat, rapere et abducere, uendere et consumere. Ubi uero quae in circuitu, et quasi sub manu eorum erant, in perditionis barathrum redacta uidebantur et adnullata, in omnibus Angliae partibus sicubi pecuniosos uel opulentos audierant, celerrime adesse, nunc...
Page 1 - ... coniunctissima uincula ; quosque diutinae tranquillitatis uestierat toga, illos bellicus stridor, Mauorcius furor inuasit. Nouo enim quisque saeuiendi raptus amore, in alterum crudele debacchari, tantoque sese gloriosiorem aestimare, quanto in innocentes nocentius insurgebat. Legis quoque institutis, quibus indisciplinatus coercetur populus, ex toto neglectis, immo et adnullatis, ad omne illicitum effrenati, quicquid flagitii mente occurrebat, promptissime peragebant. Vt enim uerbis propheticis...
Page 129 - Earl of auide incumbens, rebus tantum sibi necessariis occurrere maluit, omnibusque, in quibus confidebat, in huius necessitatis articulo deficientibus, ad extremum, ut fama erat, ad regem tanquam ad cognatum missis occulte legatis, benigne eum et suppliciter implorauit, ut indigentiam, qua premebatur, miseranter respiceret, et ut propinqui sanguinis cognatione connexum, sibique, quantum in se erat, benignum, pie exaudiret. Talibus rex perceptis, ut erat semper compassionis et pietatis abundans,...
Page 130 - ... convey an impression by no means coinciding with the idea we are led to form of the character of Henry II. from his general conduct. a " It is only right to say that this noble trait in Stephen's character is not confirmed by other evidence. At the same time, it is perfectly consistent with all his actions; and the inherent evidence of truth, which is apparent in all the writings of the author of this chronicle, may fairly entitle it to credit.
Page 32 - ... obseruandos, ne inclusi ad suos commouendos irrumperent, neue forensis quilibet escas eis uel solamina inferret, sollerter ordinare ; die uero quantum aduersitatis artificiosius eis intendere, quibus modis competentius posset inflectere, studiosius...
Page 101 - HíS power. sed et castella inexpugnabilis fortitudinis circa civitatem constructa habebat, omnemque regni partem, quae se...
Page 8 - Angliam divulgatis, omnes fere primi totius regni l;i't<- eum et veneranter recepere, plurimisque ab eo muneribus donati, sed et terris amplificati, liberali cum jurcjurando, pneinisso hominio, ejus sese servitio ex toto manciparunt.