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OF THE

STATE OF EUROPE

DURING

THE MIDDLE AGES.

IN THREE VOLUMES.

BY HENRY HALLAM, Esq.

Εκ Χάεος δ' Ερεβός τε μέλαινά τε Νὺξ ἐγένοντο
Νυκτὸς δ ̓ αὖτ ̓ Αιθήρ τε καὶ Ἡμέρη ἐξεγένοντο.

ΗΣΙΟΔΟΣ.

THIRD EDITION.

REVISED AND CORRECTED.

VOL. I

LONDON:

JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET.

1822.

PREFACE.

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 will perhaps be found enough to distinguish it from such as have already appeared. Many considerable portions of time, especially before the twelfth century, may justly be deemed so barren of events worthy of remembrance, that a single sentence or paragraph is often sufficient to give the character of entire generations, and of long dynasties of obscure kings.

Non ragioniam di lor, ma guarda e passa.

And even in the more pleasing and instruc

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