France and England: Their Relations in the Middle Ages and Now

France and England: Their Relations in the Middle Ages and Now

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France and England: Their Relations in the Middle Ages and Now

France and England: Their Relations in the Middle Ages and Now

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The nucleus of this book is the Creighton Lecture, which I delivered before the University of London on October 14, 1920, and afterwards repeated in January 1921 at the John Rylands Library, Manchester, and before the Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle- on-Tyne. The title of this lecture was "France and England in the Fourteenth Century and Now." The ground covered by it is represented by the introductory pages of the first lecture and the greater part of the fourth of the present series. My motive in selecting the subject was to emphasize as strongly as I could the common civilization and close affinities of the two countries, even at times when they were most hostile to each other, and to base upon that a plea for the continuation of the alliance cemented by the recent war, and perhaps for its development into something stronger and more durable.

Last spring I accepted an invitation to deliver a short course of lectures in English before the University of Rennes. My friend, Professor Eugène Déprez, who had been among the hearers of the Creighton lecture, expressed to me his opinion that an elaboration of that discourse would be appropriate for my Rennes audience. I gladly fell in with the suggestion, and the present little volume is the result It represents a somewhat free expansion of the four lectures I gave before the Breton University during last Whit-week. Even then it was clear that the statesmen of the two nations did not always see eye to eye. The events of the summer and autumn show that this unity of vision has not yet been attained. Under such conditions a book that tries to emphasize the points in common between the two peoples may not be altogether unwelcome. The situation may excuse . . .

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