The Fortnightly Volume 4; V. 10

The Fortnightly Volume 4; V. 10

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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. 1868 edition. Excerpt: ... existed at a particular date, would at once give the right answer, will go away and use some expression which shows that his knowledge of them is not a real-living thing which he constantly carries about with him. I do not at all mean that Mr. Kirk is a remarkable offender this way, or that his pages are full of geographical blunders. Quite the contrary. Mr. Kirk's position as an historian is many degrees above that level. I only mention what strikes me as his deficiency in this respect, because I think it influences the general character of his narrative, and sometimes hinders him from fully grasping the aspect of affairs as it looked in thezeyes of a contemporary. It follows from what I have said that the earlier part of Mr. Kirk's work is the best. He points out that the career of Charles the Bold _ naturally falls into two parts, a twofold division which was almost naturally suggested by Charles's twofold position. It requires a successful shaking off of modern notions fully to take in what the position of Charles of Burgundy really was. By descent he was a French prince. In his political position he was one of the most powerful, perhaps the most powerful, of European potentates. But there was not a mod of ground in which he was an absolutely independent potentate. He was not sovereign of a single compact state, but of a crowd of duchies, counties, and lordships, for every one of which he owed service to its superior lord. And, more than this, he did not even owe service to one lord only. Placed on the borders of France and the Empire, some of his territories were held of the Empire and some of the French crown. Charles, Duke of Burgundy, Count of Flanders and Artois, was a vessel of France. But Charles, Duke of Brabant, more

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  • Paperback | 338 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 603g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236802411
  • 9781236802415