The Guide to Knowledge Volume 4

The Guide to Knowledge Volume 4

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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. 1836 edition. Excerpt: ...spurs, and stimulating their ill-temper even by the very food that was given to them, was a sport which noblemen and gentlemen did not blush to patronize and to uphold! No matter how distinguished in all other respects for the truest and most diffusive humanity, men thought it manly and fashionable to excite high couraged creatures to mutilate and slay each other, every agony and every struggle being made the subject or the guide of a wager. In the reign of Elizabeth, in the time too of the manyminded Shakspeare, hull-baiting was a sport which ladies as well as gentlemen held in the highest esteem, and to this very day there are, in many large towns, districts whose names indicate their having formerly been especially devoted to that revolting and barbarous sport. A wiser and a milder spirit has come over all ranks of our population, and if we occasionally hear of bull-fights, pugilism, and so forth, we do As an instance, we may name the place called the " Bull King " at Birmingham. so just as we hear of any other infamous transactions, u being both rare of occurrence and disgusting in recital. In Spain ignorance is as much the rule as in England it is the exception, and as one of the natural and necessary consequences there is a fierce and savage delight ia sanguinary and violent pursuits. Bull-fighting, there, is a perfectly national monomania. All ranks, all ages, and both sexes, are eager for this most detestably cruel sport. The panem et circenses (bread and sports) of the old Romans, are quite literally translated by the Spaniards into "bread and bull fights;" nay, except in cases of very excessive hunger, -e doubt whether most Spaniards would not rather have tbe latter without the former, than the former without...show more

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  • Paperback | 578 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 30mm | 1,021g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236532244
  • 9781236532244