Historical essays and reviews by Mandell CreightonHistorical essays and reviews by Mandell Creighton

Historical essays and reviews

byMandell Creighton

Paperback | February 9, 2012

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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.1902 Excerpt: ... A SCHOOLMASTER OF THE RENAISSANCE. VITTORINO DA FELTRE. ONE of the chief features of the early Renaissance is its entire simplicity and straightforward earnestness. It was not perplexed by fear lest it might awaken antagonism, for it was not conscious of any opposition to existing systems of life. It appealed only to men's desire to make the best they could of themselves. It called upon them to know the value of the treasures which were really theirs, but which they had let slip from careless hands. Around them were the riches of the past, the literature and art of Italy's golden days, which a wave of barbarism had scattered and hidden too long from the eyes of Italy's true sons. It was an object worthy of the best energies of the noblest minds to gather together all that could be saved from the wreck, to cleanse the remnants carefully and tenderly from the dirt and rubbish with which they had been encrusted, and then set them lovingly before young minds, which might learn from them all that was noble in the life of the past. This was the spirit of the early Renaissance in Italy. It had no hidden meaning, it cherished nothing which it need be afraid to tell abroad. It combated nothing in existing systems, because it made no claim to have a system of its own. It went along its own course / with a deep belief in man's perfection, and a deep desire to cultivate man's nature into all that it could become. It is true that a time came when the spiritual enfranchisement brought about by the Renaissance began to degenerate into licence. This is a danger which all movements towards greater freedom have always had to face. It is hard to pour new wine into old bottles, and there is always the same twofold danger--that the bottles will burst, and the wine be spilt. It ...
Title:Historical essays and reviewsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:110 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.23 inPublished:February 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217223052

ISBN - 13:9780217223058