The Meaning of History: And Other Historical Pieces

Macmillan and Company, 1894 - 507 pages

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Page 439 - Many a man lives a burden to the earth; but a good book is the precious lifeblood of a master-spirit embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life.
Page 208 - Give a man the secure possession of a bleak rock, and he will turn it into a garden; give him a nine years' lease of a garden, and he will convert it into a desert.
Page 202 - Hi mores, haec duri immota Catonis Secta fuit, servare modum finemque tenere, Naturamque sequi, patriaeque impendere vitam, Nee sibi sed toti genitum se credere mundo.
Page 235 - The old Greek and Roman religion of external cleanness was turned into a sin. The outward and visible sign of sanctity now was to be unclean. No one was clean; but the devout Christian was unutterably foul. The tone of the Middle Ages in the matter of dirt was a form of mental disease. Cooped up in castles and walled cities, with narrow courts and sunless alleys, they would pass day and night in the same clothes, within the same airless, gloomy, windowless and pestiferous chambers ; they would go...
Page 235 - ... the nineteenth century and which to a large extent still prevail. A considerable amount of opprobrium has been cast upon the Catholic Church for its direct and indirect influence in promoting bodily uncleanliness. Nietzsche sarcastically refers to the facts, and Mr. Frederick Harrison asserts that "the tone of the middle ages in the matter of dirt was a form of mental disease.
Page 474 - ... shall soon be expected, when we go to a lecture on the early Britons, to stain our bodies all over with woad, in order to realise the sensations of our ancient " forbears ;" and no one will pass in, English history till he can sputter out all the guttural names in the Saxon Chronicle. Palaeography should keep to its place, in commentaries, glossaries, monographs, and the like. In English literature, the literary name of the greatest ruler of the West is Charlemagne ,• the literary name of the...
Page 454 - Jehoshua of Nazareth, using the same letters in which the Scribes and Pharisees of his day recorded the name in official Hebrew. The historical mind has said it; and English literature, custom, the vernacular speech, poetry, patriotism, and devotion, must all give way. The historical mind has an almost unlimited field ; and all the names it records will have to be 'restored' in turn. When Mosheh led forth the people of Yehuda to the promised Terushalaim, he really led them out of Chemi or Kebt-hor,...
Page 466 - Wellington defeated the Empereur Napoleon and all his Marechaux';. ' just as they do in a lady's-maid's high-polite novel. Why are Deutsch and Jutish titles to be heaved at us any more than French or Spanish ? In glossaries they are useful ; but histories of England should be written in English. And it is pleasant to turn to a great book of history, like that of Bishop Stubbs ; where, in spite of the temptations and often of the necessities of a specialist dealing with a technical subject, the text...
Page 455 - Uvaja, of Bdbirush, of Athurd, of Arabdya, of Mudrdya." The entire orthography of the Median and Persian Dynasties is now complete and exact. It was not " Cyrus " who founded the Persian Empire, as we used to be told : it was Kuraush. The famous king who perished in the desert was Kabujiya, the son of Kuraush. And both, beside their own ancestral dominion of Pdrsa, ruled over the mighty world-famous city of Bdbirum, and the country which lay between the rivers Tigra'm and Ufrdtauvd.
Page 236 - Even in the palaces and castles of the rich the same bestial habits prevailed. Prisoners rotted in noisome dungeons under the banqueting hall; corpses were buried under the floor of the private chapel; scores of soldiers and attendants slept in gangs for months together in the same hall or guard-room where they ate and drank, played and fought. It is one of those problems which still remain for historians to solve — how the race ever survived the insanitary conditions of the Middle Ages, and still...

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