Annals of the First Four Years of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth

Annals of the First Four Years of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth

Annals of the First Four Years of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth

Annals of the First Four Years of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth

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When some future Hallam, or, I would rather say, when Mr. Hallam, in some future edition of his History of European Literature, shall have bestowed a critical attention upon the works of our national historians, the author of the following Annals will be found to have occupied a prominent literary position.

Amongst the many consequences which followed upon the Introduction of Printing into England, one of the earliest was, that it made our history popular. Caxton's Chronicle effected, in that respect, a change which, half a century later, would have been the result of the dissolution of the monasteries. It withdrew History from the exclusive care of the Church, and taught her to speak the language, and appeal directly to the feelings, of the people.

But the vernacular chroniclers who succeeded the monastic writers of history, were little conscious of the importance of their task. They followed in the footsteps of the humblest of their predecessors, and seldom . . .

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