The Academy, a Journal of Secondary Education Volume 4

The Academy, a Journal of Secondary Education Volume 4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ...Italian; of wealthyAuthor of philosophic andLatin. and noble family; min-historic works and letters; ister of Odovaker andfounds a monastery, for Theodoric; afterwards, which he collects a fine Benedictine monk.library of manuscripts. Clovis.War-chief and king of aConqueror of Visigoth andBarbarous great band of Franks.Burgundian-Latin. So the list goes on through monks and warriors to the end. With the list before him, the student goes to work, and finds two conspicuous facts;--one, the spread of Christianity without the empire, the other, the spread of Barbarian power within. He sees that the great men of the age are warrior-barbarians or civilizing monks; that with the latter go the Latin language, the beginnings of art, literature, and law; that all over Europe, they are fixing little centres of civilization; he sees that it is a shifting, settling age, that its heroes are the conquering war-chief and the ascetic monk; so much for what the list can teach; add now, on the one hand, that rough old song of Lodbrok, each stanza ending with the barbarous war-cry, --" we hewed with our swords,"--in that short but telling original, the barbarian speaks for himself, the brave, but untamed Teuton. Add for the other aspect of the time, the words of St. Jerome: --" I sat alone; I was filled with bitterness; my limbs were uncomely and rough with sackcloth, and my squalid skin became as black as an Ethiopian's. Every day I was in tears and groans; and if ever the sleep which hung upon my eyelids overcame my resistance; I knocked against the ground my bare bones, which scarce clung together. I say nothing of my meat and drink, since the monks even when sick use cold water, and it is thought a luxury if they ever partake of cooked food. Through fear of hell, I...show more

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  • Paperback | 230 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 417g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236671627
  • 9781236671622