Living Age Volume 158

Living Age Volume 158

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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. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ...of his history would have been different. Born north of the Thames, he was a loyal Mercian, and he felt it a kind of pofnt of honor to make the best case he could for any of his own earls. I was in his eyes somewhat of an apostate, as a Mercianborn who had turned West-Saxon. It was no use to hint that Oxford was naturally West Saxon ground, and became Mercian only through the encroachments of Offa. His allegiance was fixed: he held a hereditary brief for iClfric and Eadric. All this, though mixed up with something of the caprice which came out so strongly both in his actions and in his writings, shows the wonderfully vivid way in which history stood out before him as a living thing. The gift had its dangers; he was never, strictly speaking, careless; he could be exact whenever he chose; but he sometimes sacrificed exactness to effect. Both in talk and writing, he was not always ready for that almost superhuman self-sacrifice which can withstand the temptation to make a good story still better. Sometimes he talked for mere effect, to show how ingeniously he could defend a paradox. I remember his maintaining that a painter might rightly paint Frederick Barbarossa with a black beard. He would in this way take a mischievous pleasure in puzzling and startling people, and the same tendency may be seen in his writings also. These things may be called faults; and so in strictness they were; and yet in a way they were not. Green, of all men, was one whom, both in his works and in real life, one had to take as he was. And on the whole one could not have wished him to be otherwise than what he was. I suppose that Mr. Dawkins and myself might claim, in different senses, to be his oldest friends. We are both of us friends so old that some of his later...show more

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  • Paperback | 656 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 34mm | 1,152g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123682265X
  • 9781236822659