Medieval Rome from Hildebrand to Clement VIII: 1073-1600

Medieval Rome from Hildebrand to Clement VIII: 1073-1600

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Medieval Rome from Hildebrand to Clement VIII: 1073-1600

Medieval Rome from Hildebrand to Clement VIII: 1073-1600

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The idea of the present work was suggested to me by the lack of a short history of Mediæval Rome. Of the thousands of British and American visitors, who now flock to the Eternal City, few have the patience or the leisure to peruse, even in an English translation, the great work of Gregorovius. Yet, as Goethe said, the traveller sees in Rome only what he takes to Rome; and, without some knowledge of its chequered annals during the Middle Ages, it is impossible to appreciate and enjoy a large part of its archaeological and artistic treasures. I have accordingly endeavoured in the following pages to narrate the most striking incidents in the history of the city between the middle of the eleventh and the end of the sixteenth century, confining myself as far as possible to those events of which Rome was the theatre. Original research is, of course, out of the question in a work of this kind, but I have gone in all cases to the best authorities. I have accordingly based the story in the main on the latest German edition of Gregorovius' Geschichte der Stadt Rom im Mittelalter . . .

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