The History Of The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire (volume 11)

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byEdward Gibbon

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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. 1829. Excerpt: ... 252 Consequences of the Crusades. [cb. 6c. . schools of Europe 66). If a similar principle of religion repulsed the idiom of the Koran, it should have excited their patience and curiosity to understand the original text of the Gospel; aud the same grammar would have unfolded the sense of Plato and the beauties of Homer. Yet in a reign of sixty years, the Latins of Constantinople disdained the speech and learning of their subjects; and the manuscripts were the only treasures which the natives might enjoy without rapine or envy. Aristotle was indeed the oracle of the Western universities; but it was a barbarous Aristotle; and, instead of, ascending to the fountain-head, his Lasiiv votaries humbly accepted a corrupt and remote version from the Jews and Moors of Andalusia. The principle of the crusades was a savage fanaticism; and the 'most important effects were analogous to the cause. Each pilgrim was ambitious to return with his sacred spoils, the relics of Greece and Palestine 67); and each relic was preceded and followed by a train of miracles end visions. The helief of the Catholics was corrupted by new legends, their practice by new superstitions; and the establishment of the inquisition, the mendicant orders of monks and friars, the last abuse of indulgences, and the final progress of idolatry, flowed from the baleful fountain of the holy war. The active spirit of the Latins preyed on the vitals of their reason and religion; and if the ninth and tenth centuries were the times of darkness; the thirteenth and fourteenth were the age of absurdity and fable. 66) See the complaints of Roger Bacon, (Biograptia Britannica, vol. i. p. 418, Kipp1s's edition.) If Bacon himself, or Gerbert, understood some Greek, they were prodigies, and.ow-ed nothing to the cordmerce of the Bast. $7...

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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. 1829. Excerpt: ... 252 Consequences of the Crusades. [cb. 6c. . schools of Europe 66). If a similar principle of religion repulsed the idiom of the Koran, it should have exc...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:126 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.27 inPublished:December 31, 2011Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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