Hours with Men and Books Volume 20

Hours with Men and Books Volume 20

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ... the grave historian; and so he hunts about for weightier ones. He cannot believe that the expedition of Henry of Guise, who went in a herring-boat and made himself King of Naples, was merely the frolic of ahare-brained youth; and he deems it necessary to show a long train of important circumstances leading to the expedition. Who, again, is not familiar with the rehabilitations of historical villains, which have become so fashionable with recent historians? Special monarchs or statesmen having been selected, -whose pilloried bodies have been for cen_ turies the favorite target for filth of every description, they have been subjected to a scrubbing process, by which all their vilest sins have been rubbed off them. Not only has Richard III been "reconstructed," so as to lose both his physical and his moral hump; not only has the Bluebeard of British history, Henry VIII, been transformed into almost a model husband, whose only fault was excessive uxoriousness; not only has "bloody Mary" lost nearly all her blood, except that running in her own veins; not only has Catiline, whom in our school-boy days we learned so to execrate, been whitewashed into a much-abused patriot; but even the bloody Borgias have been bleached; the Duke of Alva has been metamorphosed from a cruel and cold-blooded bigot into a "cool, moderate, far-seeing statesinan"; Catherine de Medicis has been whitened; and Nero himself, the synonym of cruelty, will doubtless be proved to have been outrageously slandered; and some Froude or Niebuhr will yet show that, when he fiddled while Rome was burning, he was only playing some "Dead March in Saul," or other funereal strain, as a safety-valve to his agonized feelings! But pray tell...show more

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  • Paperback | 104 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 200g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236836464
  • 9781236836465