History, Philosophically Illustrated; From the Fall of the Roman Empire, to the French Revolution Volume 4

History, Philosophically Illustrated; From the Fall of the Roman Empire, to the French Revolution 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. 1832 edition. Excerpt: ...an influence of sex, which might be ascribed also to this sovereign, we must look exclusively to the manners of the Russian court; and, to judge of its expediency in the whole series of the Russian empresses, we should consider the previous condition of the nation in regard to its social habitudes. The northern empire, it must be remembered, had no period of chivalrous refinement, to introduce a fantastic reverence for the female sex, which might be gradually depurated into a reasonable regard. The feudal habits of France and Italy had not been extended to Russia, nor had a conflict, waged with the enemies of the Christian faith, served in that country to exalt into a devotional sentiment the gallantry of a military people. A peculiar process was accordingly required, for giving to the women that degree of importance, which belongs to them in a period of refinement; and this appears to have consisted in the extraordinary succession of female sovereigns, which followed the first considerable efforts of improvement, made in the reign of Peter. This peculiar influence of female government was observable at least so early as in the commencement of the reign of Anne, or about the year 1730, when a passion for magnificence began to prevail in the court of Russia, though perpetually contrasted with instances of squalid rudeness. At this time too, when that court was disgraced by habits of the most excessive inebriety, the example and authority of an empress, who hated drunkenness, must at least have given some beginning to a reformation of the national manners. The voluptuous sensuality of Elizabeth and Catherine II., in a moral view, admit no extenuation; but, as one poison has sometimes been said to expel another, so may the example of sensuality have...show more

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  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 340g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236644719
  • 9781236644718