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Age Of The Crusades
THE last chapter began, in an apparent irrelevance, with the name of St. Edward ; and this one might very well begin with the name of St. George. His first appearance, it is said, as a patron of our people, occurred at the instance of Richard Coeur de Lion during his campaign in Palestine ; and this, as we shall see, really stands for a new England which might well have a new saint.
Problem Of The Plantagenets
IT is a point of prestige with what is called the Higher Criticism in all branches to proclaim that certain popular texts and authorities are late, and therefore apparently worthless. Two similar events are always the same event, and the later alone is even credible.
Meaning Of Merry England
THE mental trick by which the first half of English history has been wholly dwarfed and dehumanized is a very simple one. It consists in telling only the story of the professional destroyers and then complaining that the whole story is one of destruction.
Nationality And The French Wars
IF any one wishes to know what we mean when we say that Christendom was and is one culture, or one civilization, there is a rough but plain way of putting it. It is by asking what is the most common, or rather the most commonplace, of all the uses of the word Christian.
War Of The Usurpers
THE poet Pope, though a friend of the greatest of Tory Democrats, Bolingbroke, necessarily lived in a world in which even Toryism was Whiggish. And the Whig as a wit never expressed his political point more clearly than in Pope's line which ran...
Rebellion Of The Rich
SIR THOMAS MORE, apart from any arguments about the more mystical meshes in which he was ultimately caught and killed, will be hailed by all as a hero of the New Learning ; that great dawn of a more rational daylight which for so many made mediaevalism seem a mere darkness.
Spain And The Schism Of Nations
THE revolution that arose out of what is called the Renascence, and ended in some countries in what is called the Reformation, did in the internal politics of England one drastic and definite thing. That thing was destroying the institutions of the poor.
Age Of The Puritans
WE should be very much bored if we had to read an account of the most exciting argument or string of adventures in which unmeaning words such as snark or boojum were systematically substituted for the names of the chief characters or objects in dispute...
Triumph Of The Whigs
WHETHER or no we believe that the Reformation really reformed, there can be little doubt that the Restoration did not really restore. Charles II was never in the old sense a King ; he was a Leader of the Opposition to his own Ministers.
War With The Great Republics
WE cannot understand the eighteenth century so long as we suppose that rhetoric is artificial because it is artistic. We do not fall into this folly about any of the other arts.
Aristocracy And The Discontents
IT is the pathos of many hackneyed things that they are intrinsically delicate and are only mechanically made dull. Any one who has seen the first white light, when it comes in by a window, knows that daylight is not only as beautiful but as mysterious as moonlight.
Return Of The Barbarian
THE only way to write a popular history, as we have already remarked, would be to write it back-wards. It would be to take common objects of our own street and tell the tale of how each of them came to be in the street at all.
Conclusion
IN so small a book on so large a matter, finished hastily enough amid the necessities of an enormous national crisis, it would be absurd to pretend to have achieved proportion ; but I will confess to some attempt to correct a disproportion.
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