Historical Essays and Reviews

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THE FENLAND.1

Some years ago when it was my privilege to address the members of the institute at Newcastle-on-Tyne, I attempted to put before them a brief sketch of the historical facts which had determined the archæological and architectural features of the district which they were about to explore. It seemed to me that, when you met once again in a district which possessed strongly marked features of its own, it was worth while to attempt a similar task and show the conditions which determined the character of the county which now lies before you. Nor is the task a hard one in its main lines, for the determining causes are neither remote nor complicated. The archæological and architectural features of Eastern England depended on its geographical conditions. It was a land of fens and marshes.

It is difficult, however, as we look over the broad expanse of corn land and meadow which meets our eye to-day, to think ourselves back to the original aspect of the country, when Lincoln, Peterborough and Cambridge had almost as good a right to be reckoned as seaside towns as has Lynn to-day. This is, of course, somewhat an exaggeration, for the waste of waters which spread on the cast of these towns was not sea-water, nor

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Opening address of the historical section at the Cambridge meeting of the Archæological Institute. Delivered 10th August, 1892, Reprinted from the Archæological Journal, vol. xlix., p. 263.

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Table of contents

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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