Ways of Medieval Life and Thought: Essays and Addresses

Ways of Medieval Life and Thought: Essays and Addresses

Ways of Medieval Life and Thought: Essays and Addresses

Ways of Medieval Life and Thought: Essays and Addresses

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The fourteen essays and addresses in this little book fall into three divisions. The first four have a personal interest. If Ailred of Rievaulx may be described, in the words which are the title of his first piece of writing, as a mirror of charity, the murderers of Arthur of Brittany, Henry Clement and Henry of Almaine may be called vessels of wrath. The second group comprises three papers on the interplay of experience and ideas in the formation of medieval political societies, the third five papers on various aspects of the history of the medieval universities. The two short papers which conclude the volume are different in character and intention from the rest.

Only two papers are here printed for the first time. Three or four of the others are reprinted with little change, the rest have been more or less heavily revised. I have stated in each case where the original versions may be found, for the curious may wish to trace my blunders or first thoughts and the student may feel the need of critical and other references which I have deliberately omitted in these reprints. The volume is intended for the general reader. Some kind friends have encouraged me to believe that there is a public glad to read a compilation of this kind; one in particular generously insisted on taking the initiative in the arrangements for its appearance.

I am indebted, for permission to make use of twelve of the essays and addresses, to Messrs. Nelson and Sons, publishers . . .

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