The Middle Ages: History of Europe, from the Decadence of the Western Empire to the Reformation

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William L. Allison, 1877 - Europe - 341 pages
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Page 281 - At the end of the fifteenth and the beginning of the sixteenth century, society was in a state of excitement.
Page 285 - Durer, who engraved with excellence both on copper and on wood. Etching on copper by means of aquafortis, which gives more ease than the stroke of the graver, was discovered by Parmeggiano, who executed in that manner his own beautiful designs. No art underwent, in its early stages, so rapid an improvement as that of engraving. In the course of 150 years from its invention, it attained nearly to its perfection; for there has been but little proportional improvement in the last century, since the...
Page 183 - He did not want either for bravery or skill, and manfully exerted both, remaining in the field, though twice wounded in the face, till the close of the day. His youngest son, Philip, fought by his side, and would not be persuaded to leave his father. At last John found that his troops had given way on every side, and that the field was lost. He saw himself entirely surrounded by the enemy, and observing amongst them a knight of Artois, named De Morbec, who, being an outlaw, had enlisted in the English...
Page 177 - France came in sight of the English, his blood began to boil, and he cried out to his marshals, " Order the Genoese forward and begin the battle, in the name of God and St. Denis.
Page 165 - DAWES. MR. CHAIRMAN, AND LADIES AND GENTLEMEN: Mr. Meserve has relieved me of very much which ought to have been said about the Indian Territory, and in a much better manner than I could have done if it had been left to me. The Dawes Commission (as it goes by that name in the Indian Territory), when it was announced to them that they were about to be investigated, were glad enough to find into whose hands it was committed, for they felt that they would be safe in the hands of anyone so intelligent,...
Page 39 - Thus the Western empire was by degrees mouldering from under the dominion of its ancient masters. 4. In the East, the mean and dissolute Arcadius died in the year 408, leaving that empire to his infant son Theodosius II., whose sister Pulcheria swayed the sceptre with much prudence and ability; and the weakness of her brother allowed her government to be of forty years
Page 259 - Charles VIII. of France, landed in England, and revived the spirits of a party almost extinguished in the kingdom. He gave battle to Richard in the field of Bosworth, and entirely defeated the army of the usurper, who was slain while fighting with the most desperate courage, August 22, 1485.
Page 280 - ... stopped till he reached Lyons, where he died of fatigue, regret, and shame. Francis, who was conspicuous by the splendour of his armour, continued in the thickest part of the combat, and fought no longer for victory, but for life. His horse was killed under him, and he himself received several wounds. Two Spaniards, not knowing who he was, put their swords to his throat. At that instant one of Bourbon's French attendants came up and recognised the king, although his face was covered with blood...

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