History of Mediaeval Civilization

History of Mediaeval Civilization

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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. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ... with gold and silver, muslin, gauze, taffeta, velvet (later brought to perfection in Italy), crystal and plate glass, imitated in Venice, paper, sugar, confectionery and syrups. 1 Perhaps the part taken by the crusaders in this work of civilization has been exaggerated. The crusaders from Palestine were scarcely in contact with any one but the Turkish warriors, new-comers in the Moslem world and almost barbarians. III. The beginning of several of our sciences, algebra, trigonometry, chemistry, and the Arabic figures, which the Arabs themselves had borrowed from the Hindoos and which have made easy the most complex calculations, to say nothing of magic, talismans, in which the Italians have believed even down to our day, and the philosopher's stone, which alchemists in the pay of certain German princes were still searching for as late as the seventeenth century. The Arabs had amassed and condensed all the inventions and all the knowledge of the old worlds of the Orient (Greece, Persia, India, and even China); this is what they have transmitted to us; a number of Arabic words which enter into our language1 are a testimony of this; through them the western world, having returned to barbarism, became once more civilized. If our ideas and our arts go back to antiquity, all the inventions which make life easy and agreeable come to us from the Arabs. Influence of the Orient on Belief.--This contact with the East acted upon the religious ideas of the Christians. At first they were over-excited by the struggle. But on seeing the infidels close at hand they found among them men grave, enlightened, generous, like Saladin, who released the Christian prisoners without a ransom and sent his own physician to care for a crusader chief who was ill, and they...show more

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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236560736
  • 9781236560735