Historical Essays and Reviews

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DANTE.

II.—HIS WRITINGS.

I have attempted to describe the way in which the outward circumstances of Dante's life affected his inner development, till sorrow wrought out, in the long years or dreary exile, the aspirations which in boyish days love's touch had first revealed. I would now trace in Dante's writings his own record of his inner life, the workings of his mind, and the meaning of his pursuits.

Dante is known amongst us chiefly as a poet, but he wrote also on politics, on theology, on philology, on philosophy. He was deeply versed in all the learning of his day, and was, above all other things, a diligent and careful student. Not only does he sum up, in his great work, the social and political life of his time, but also all its knowledge, all its thought and all its science breathes through his poem and takes fresh form from his genius.

It is this that specially distinguishes Dante from all writers who have lived before or since, that he sums up in himself all the life of his time with all its problems and all its thought. His time moreover was one of singular interest, and likely to remain of singular interest to all thoughtful men; a time not too remote from our own to cease to affect us, yet not so closely

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface. v
  • Contents vii
  • Dante. 1
  • Dante. 26
  • Æneas Sylvius Piccolomini, Pope Plus Ii. 55
  • A Schoolmaster of the Renaissance. Vittorino Da Feltre. 107
  • A Man of Culture. 135
  • A Learned Lady of the Sixteenth Century. 151
  • John Wiclif. 173
  • The Italian Bishops of Worcester. 202
  • The Northumbrian Border. 235
  • The Fenland. 266
  • The Two Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of the Foundation of Harvard University. 281
  • The Imperial Coronation at Moscow. 297
  • The Renaissance in Italy: the Catholic Reaction. 330
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