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"Ημείς τοιοίδ' έφυμεν, ώς μέν σοι δοκεϊ,
-SOPH. EDIP. TYRAN. 436.
LONGMAN, REES, ORME, BROWN, & GREEN,
TO THE READER.
The following disputation forms part of a work which may possibly appear at some future
period, connected with the history of the middle ages, as far as it concerns the origin, spirit, and institutions of Christian Chivalry. After the manner of the ancients each disputation composing the work bears the name of some distinguished character, by which the chief difficulty included in it may be proved vincible: that on the dignity of the order being entitled Godfreus, who was not the less a king for being without a crown; that on the religious spirit of the order Tancredus, whose heroic devotion was mild and full of humanity; that on its virtues Arthurus, as at least the ideal model of excellence; that on the professions suitable to it, Orlandus, himself a soldier, and yet ever