Fragment of a Parallel Between the History Literature and Art of Italy in the Middle Ages

Fragment of a Parallel Between the History Literature and Art of Italy in the Middle Ages

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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. 1863 edition. Excerpt: ...discouraged too; and they would not improbably have succumbed with hardly a struggle had not the spirit of the olden time been suddenly reawakened in them by the heroism of one man. The monk Jacopo di Bussolari was one to whom posterity has done but scanty justice; for most likely there are few people out of Italy who know much about him. But his is a character which outweighs, and deserves to outlive, a dozen of those of the Greek and Roman worthies with whom we are all so familiar. When still young he had abandoned the world to assume the habit of an Augustinian. In the fervour of his penitence and devotion he retired to live the life of a hermit in the wilderness; and it was not until he received the commands of his superiors that he returned to Pavia, his native city. His sermons there (for it was as a preacher that he was employed) produced a wonderful effect. Nature had bestowed upon him a gift of eloquence, and the enthusiasm which, while a layman, he had brought to the study of the classics, had refined his taste and intelligence. The force of his words was enhanced by the saintliness of his life, and his reputation spread far and wide. A still better consequence followed; for the corruption of manners which disgraced Pavia, as it did so many Lombard cities, was greatly diminished by his preaching and by his example: the people, charmed by the freedom with which he lashed the vices of the great, not sparing even the members of the dominant race, became fanatically attached to him; and even the chiefs of the Beccarias, who were alarmed lest the excesses of the younger members of their family should compromise their own popularity, gave him every encouragement. The reforms, however, which he desired and accomplished, though social, were not...show more

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  • Paperback | 154 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 286g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236651480
  • 9781236651488