View Of The State Of Europe During The Middle Ages Volume 1

Paperback | July 8, 2012

byHenry Hallam

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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. 1835 edition. Excerpt: ... of Florence than a subject of the Visconti? In a superficial review of history, we are sometimes apt to exaggerate the vices of free states, and to lose sight of those inherent in tyrannical power. The hold censoriousness of republican historians, and the cautious servility of writers under an absolute monarchy, conspire to mislead us as to the relative prosperity of nations. Acts of outrage and tumultuous excesses in a free state are blazoned in minute detait, and descend to posterity; the deeds of tyranny are studiously and perpetually suppressed. Even those historians who have no particular motives for concealment turn away from the monotonous and disgusting crimes of tyrants. " Deeds of cruelty, " it is well observed by Matteo Villani, after relating an action of Bernabo Visconti, " are little worthy of remembrance; yet let me be excused for having recounted one out of many, as an example of the peril to which men are exposed under the yoke of an unbounded tyranny (2)." The reign of Bernabo afforded abundant instances of a like kind. Second only to Eccelin among the tyrants of Italy, he rested the security of his dominion upon tortures and death, and his laws themselves enact the protraction of capital punishment through forty days of suffering (3). His nephew Giovanni Maria is said, with a madness like that of Nero or Commodus, to have coursed the streets of Milan by night with blood-hounds, ready to chase and tear any unlucky passenger (4). Nor were other Italian principalities free from similar tyrants, though none perhaps upon the whole so odious as the Visconti. The private history of many families, such for instance as the Scala and the Gonzaga, is but a series of assassinations. The ordinary vices of mankind assumed a tint of...

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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. 1835 edition. Excerpt: ... of Florence than a subject of the Visconti? In a superficial review of history, we are sometimes apt to exaggerate the...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:254 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.53 inPublished:July 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217652050

ISBN - 13:9780217652056

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