Life In A Mediaeval City, Illustrated By York In The Xvth Century

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byEdwin Benson

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1920. Excerpt: ... A MEDIEVAL CITY CHAPTER I INTRODUCTION IN English history the fifteenth century is the last of the centuries that form the Middle Ages, which were preceded by the age of racial settlement and followed by that of the great Renaissance. Although the active beginnings of this new era are to be observed in the fifteenth century, yet this century belongs essentially to the Middle Ages. Perhaps the most attractive feature of the Middle Ages is that they were so intensely human. A naive spirit appears in their formal literature, as in Chaucer's account of the Canterbury pilgrims, in their decorated religious manuscripts, in their thought, and very characteristically, in their architecture, which combines a simple naturalness with a bold and daring ingenuity. From columns, the constructional motive of which is so simple and natural, and walls pierced with windows, they erected systems of lofty arches and high stonevaulted roofs, the stability of which depended on very skilled balancing of thrust and counter-thrust. To-day mediaeval buildings are to be found all over England. The majority of them are examples of an architecture that has not been surpassed for majesty, beauty, size, and constructional skill. i Such buildings, without the help of the literary and other memorials, testify by themselves to the greatness of the Middle Ages. Through the fifteenth century England continued to be in a state of political unrest. There were wars and risings both abroad and at home, for besides the Hundred Years' War (1337-1453) and the Wars of the Roses (1455-1485) there were wars with the Welsh and the Scots, as well as disorders made by powerful, intriguing barons. The barons and great landowners took advantage of the weak ro}Tal rule to increase their own power. Parliament, especially the House of ...

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1920. Excerpt: ... A MEDIEVAL CITY CHAPTER I INTRODUCTION IN English history the fifteenth century is the last of the centuries that form the Middle Ages, which were precede...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:24 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:January 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217233562

ISBN - 13:9780217233569

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