Chapters In European History (volume 1); What Can History Teach Us? The Christian Revolution. The…

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byWilliam Samuel Lilly

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1886. Excerpt: ... generations of men and the generations of the leaves, holds good. The world of green furnishes an apt emblem of the life in death which we find in the world of ideas. But further, ideas, like the productions of the vegetable kingdom, are subject in their growth and in their decay to the influence of local and other accidents, sometimes exceedingly difficult to trace. In the happy soil, "where some irriguous valley spreads her lap," they mature more quickly, flourish more luxuriantly, and die sooner than in a land where nature's gifts are less profusely bestowed. Everywhere they obey the same laws, but in the time, the manner, and the measure of their development there are innumerable differences, because in those laws there is diversity of operation. Bearing these considerations in mind, let us proceed to our inquiry whether liberty is the characteristic note of the Renaissance. And in pursuing this inquiry it will perhaps be best to glance first at the political order. "The dates 1453 and 1527," observes Mr. Symonds, "marking respectively the fall of Constantinople and the sack of Rome, are convenient for fixing in the mind the narrow space of time during which the Renaissance culminated."1 By common consent the highest point of that culmination would seem to have been reached during the eight years of 1 Age of the Despots, Pref., p. i. iv. "LEO'S GOLDEN DAYS." 261 the pontificate of Giovanni de' Medici, celebrated by Pope and a thousand others as " Leo's Golden Days." Let us see what, in point of fact, was the political condition of Europe then. Italy presents " the spectacle of States founded upon force, controlled and moulded by the will of princes, whose object in each case was to maintain their usurped power by mercenary arms, and to deprive the peo...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1886. Excerpt: ... generations of men and the generations of the leaves, holds good. The world of green furnishes an apt emblem of the life in de...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:88 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.18 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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