The Edinburgh Monthly Review

The Edinburgh Monthly Review

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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. Excerpt: ... on the one hand, and the license of rebellion, on the other, it succeeded in laying the foundations of that structure to which all ages will look with respect and awe. It was while this difficult movement was going forward, --while the real hereditary rank and patriotism of England were-engaged in setting bounds to the insolence of the most dissolute and despicable of her monarchs, that Lord Russell came forward upon the great theatre of public affairs; and, after relinquishing for the public good that domestic happiness of which he was in such full possession, and for which he of all men had the deepest relish, intrepidly sacrificed life itself for his coun try Of all the periods of our English history, we confess that the reign of Charles II. and of his unhappy brother, is that of which the perusal fills our minds with the most profound disgust. Nothing, at once so coarse and so profligate, as the court of Charles, has existed in this, or perhaps in any other country. Of this vast circle of vulgar dissipation, the monarch himself was the degraded centre. If there' were principle in any part of his policy, it must be sought for in his apparently systematic attempts to obliterate the moral and intellectual character of his people. Even the prevailing vices of the English were to lose their vigorous and passionate character, and to become heartless, unblushing, and systematic. The old native literature of England, so congenial to the spirit and honourable to the genius of her people, was repudiated by the shallow fastidiousness of a court of pedantic libertines, to whom nothing was interesting that spoke to the higher powers of intellect, or communed with the deeper workings of the heart. A cold, feeble, unimpressive, although sparkling style of...show more

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  • Paperback | 366 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 19mm | 653g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236959922
  • 9781236959928