The Age of the Renascence; An Outline Sketch of the History of the Papacy from the Return from Avignon to the Sack of Rome (1377-1527)

The Age of the Renascence; An Outline Sketch of the History of the Papacy from the Return from Avignon to the Sack of Rome (1377-1527)

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ... the mediwval cathedrals, and they took no precautions against that forgetfulness. When Froissart wrote his account of the great knights of his day he addressed it to their peers, and rightly assumed their entire indiflerence to the opinion of the mass of men, peasants and burghers. But in Italy, by the second generation of the fifteenth century there existed a common desire for admiration which had no reference to tradition, was unlimited by class feeling, and appealed to the age and to posterity. Among the ancient Romans, where it sought its models, this love of fame had been modified by the pressure of a great legal system, working by its own momentum, and the presence of institutions too venerable to remain unfelt. Even Julius rejoiced that he was a Roman; and the ideal of the judgmentseat of Caesar awed at times the worst of the emperors. But the corruption of politics in most of the smaller states of Italy had gone so far in the fifteenth century that the very idea of the commonwealth was lost, liberty only the war-cry of a faction, and law looked on as the will of those in power. Whole sections of the Italian people were manifestly incapable of any stable government except tyranny. Amid this environment the love of fame produced strange results. In many otherwise noble and gen tle natures the sense of duty seems to have atrophied, and, asa consequence of the paralysis of conscience, the ideal of religion became in many minds divorced from morality in a way difficult for us to understand. There arose an ambition which, positing purely personal ends, disregarded, apparently without a pang, every question of the right or wrong of its means: and this, not under the impulse of passion, but as a calm and reasonable assumption. Such an...show more

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  • Paperback | 106 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 204g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236780647
  • 9781236780645