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the Name of Joannes Phereponus;78 but I understand since, that the design is altered, and that Those Critical Notes will be printed separately, with the Commentary of Ludovicus Vives on the Work de Civitate Dei, etc. There was some reason to fear, that the Roman Catholics would be displeased with it; and therefore they will be left at full Liberty to buy, or leave These suspected Notes. They will be in a separate volume, and all St Augustin's Work, exactly conformable to the Edition of Paris, will be sold either with or without them.]

St Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux , flourished in the XIIth Century. He acquired so great an Esteem, that the whole Weight of the Church seemed to lie on his Shoulders, and that Kings and Princes made choice of him for the general Arbitrator of their Differences.A

[It will not be improper, upon this Occasion, to hear Francis d'Amboise: thus he expresses himself. "Having gained more Favour in his Humility, than Solomon in all his Glory, he was so generally admired and beloved, that he had the good Wishes of the whole World, that Monastic and Ecclesiastical Affairs seemed wholly to depend on his Precepts and Example; that he was consulted as an Oracle by high and low, and acknowledged as the Arbiter both of Truces and of Peace, and that all Orders of Men desired to be recommended to his Prayers."1]

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It is certain, that he had very great Talents, and a great deal of Zeal; but some claim, that his Zeal made him too jealous of Those, who acquired a great Name by the Study of Human Learning; and they add, that his mild and easy Temper rendered him too credulous, when he heard any ill Report of Those learned Persons. They believe, that, by

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Fr. Amboesius Praefat. Apologetica pro Petro Abaelardo, Operibus Abælardi praefixa.
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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction vii
  • Editorial Notes xxxiii
  • ABDAS 3
  • ADAM 8
  • ANABAPTISTS 26
  • AUGUSTIN 49
  • BERNARD 77
  • CASTILE 83
  • CONSTANCE 93
  • DAVID 96
  • Hobbes 125
  • JAPAN 142
  • KNUZEN 153
  • MANICHEES 157
  • POQUELIN 183
  • PYRRHO 202
  • REMOND 225
  • RUGGERI 241
  • SARAH 262
  • SPINOZA 291
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