The World's Great Classics Volume 18

The World's Great Classics Volume 18

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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. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...dignified in their nature, they are far less invidious in their exercise than those of any other nobility in Europe. It is, I am firmly persuaded, to this peculiarly democratical character of the English monarchy, that we are indebted for its long permanence, its regular improvement, and its present vigor. It is a singular, a providential circumstance, that, in an age when the gradual march of civili2ation and commerce was so little foreseen, our ancestors, deviating from the usages of neighboring countries, should, as if deliberately, have guarded against that expansive force which, in bursting through obstacles improvidently opposed, has scattered havoc over Europe. g Beaumanoir, c. 45. Bracton, l. i. c. mocracy, in the_ discussion of forms of 6. government which Herodotus (Thalia, ll See for these, Selden's Titles of c. 80) has put into the mouths of three Honor. vol. iii. p. 8o6. _ Persian satraps, after_ the _ murder of i' l'li6';0ocents ipxov, irperrov piv ovvoua u'iMw'rov Smerdis; a scene conceived in the spirit ixu, ivwoiunv, says the advocate of de-of Corneille. This tendency to civil equality in the English law may, I think, be ascribed to several concurrent causes. In the first place the feudal institutions were far less military in England than upon the continent. From the time of Henry II. the escuage, or pecuniary commutation for personal service, became almost universal. The armies of our kings were composed of hired troops, great part of whom certainly were knights and gentlemen, but who, serving for pay, and not by virtue of their birth or tenure, preserved nothing of the feudal character. It was not, however, so much for the ends of national as of private warfare, that the relation of lord and vassashow more

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