Great and Good; Or, Alfred the Father of His People [By D. Alcock].

Great and Good; Or, Alfred the Father of His People [By D. Alcock].

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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. 1864 edition. Excerpt: ...plain he must work with the implements prepared to his hand, for none others could he obtain. The Clergy were what their name implied, the "learned" men of the day; few besides them could read and write, and scarcely any possessed the key to the "Book-Latin," the rusty forbidding casket wherein there lay concealed, not merely the treasures of human thought, but the word of God itself. It may be questioned whether the monasteries were the abodes of real piety, but they were certainly the only retreats of learning, the schools and the libraries of those times. But the Church had been unfaithful to her trust; the lamp given into her charge had well nigh gone out in darkness. "We, with our more extended knowledge, may discern reasons for this, which were never surmised by Alfred. In his days men had already departed very far from the simplicity of the Gospel, and marred "Heaven's easy, artless, unencumbered plan" by the introduction of vain ceremonies and human traditions. The decay of morals and of learning followed the decay of vital godliness; while the confusion of the country, the general insecurity of life, the inroads of the Danes who delighted in plundering and burning the churches and monasteries, and beneath whose cruel hands many priests and monks died the martyr's death, leave us no ground for surprise at Alfred's recorded complaint. "So entirely," he says, "had knowledge escaped from the English people, that there were only a few on this side of the Humber who could understand the divine service, or even explain a Latin epistle in English, and I believe not many on the other side of the Humber either. But they were so few, that indeed I cannot remember one south of the Thames when I began...show more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236507584
  • 9781236507587