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THE STATE OE EUROPE



THE MIDDLE AGES.



By henry IIALLAM, LL.D., F.E.A.S.,

FOREIGN ASSOCIATE OP THE INSTITUTE OF FRANCE.



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INCLUDING SUPPLEMENTAL NOTES.



IN THREE VOLUMES.— Vol. I.



LONDON:
JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET.

1853.



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^ TREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION.
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It is the object of the present work to exhibit, in a series of
historical dissertations, a comprehensive survey of the chief
circumstances that can interest a philosophical inquirer during"
the period usually denominated the Middle Ages. Such an
undertaking must necessarily fall under the class of historical
abridgements : yet there w^ill perhaps be found enough to dis-
tinguish it from such as have already appeared. Many con-
siderable portions of time, especially before the twelfth cen-
tury, may justly be deemed so barren of events worthy of
03 remembrance, that a single sentence or paragraph is often
sufficient to give the character of entire generations, and of
long dynasties of obscure kings. /

C5 Non ragioniam dl lor, ma guarda e passa.

And even in the more pleasing and instructive parts of this
middle period, it has been my object to avoid the dry com-
position of annals, and aiming, with what spirit and freedom
I could, at a just outline rather than a miniature, to suppress
all events that did not appear essentially concatenated with
others, or illustrative of important conclusions. But as the
modes of government and constitutional laws which prevailed
in various countries of Europe, and especially in England,
seemed to have been less fully dwelt upon in former works ot
this description than military or civil transactions, while they
were deserving of far more attention, I have taken pains to
give a true representation of them, and in every instance to
point out the sources from which the reader may derive more
complete and original information.

Nothing can be faither from my wishes than that the fol-
lowing pages should be judged according to the critical laws

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