Medieval Italy from Charlemagne to Henry VII

Medieval Italy from Charlemagne to Henry VII

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Medieval Italy from Charlemagne to Henry VII

Medieval Italy from Charlemagne to Henry VII

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Whoever glances at this volume will, most probably, before having read it, exclaim, "A popular book for the general reader!" And for many these words will be a condemnation. It therefore seems to the writer not useless that the reader should know what was his aim and what were the difficulties he sought to overcome.

I had no mind to write an erudite book. But, if documents be inspected and criticism exercised upon them for the better understanding of facts, I do not think that a clear and simple exposition of these facts can be a vain work. On the contrary, I think that the too great neglect of such expositions, now frequent in Italy, where we are apt to occupy ourselves exclusively with the collecting of further documents, without giving thought to the object for which they are collected, is a mistake.

The historical period which I have endeavoured to expound is certainly one of the most important in our annals. In the midst of a giddy, tumultuous variety of multiplied events, Italian civilisation was then rising towards its greatest height, to begin, at the end of this same period, its rapid descent. To make clear, by a simple narrative, the intrinsic unity of this infinite variety of events, the causes of growth, and . . .

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