The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States of America

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Henry S. King & Company, 1874 - 484 páginas
 

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Página 2 - Without laying aside that dauntless valour which had been the terror of every land from the Elbe to the Pyrenees, the Normans rapidly acquired all, and more than all, the knowledge and refinement which they found in the country where they settled.
Página 3 - But their chief fame was derived from their military exploits. Every country, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Dead Sea, witnessed the prodigies of their discipline and valour. One Norman knight, at the head of a handful of warriors, scattered the Celts of Connaught. Another founded the monarchy of the Two Sicilies, and saw the emperors both of the East and of the West fly before his arms.
Página 4 - In a word, the indomitable vigour of the Scandinavian, joined to the buoyant vivacity of the Gaul, produced the conquering and ruling race of Europe. And yet that race, as a race, has vanished. It has everywhere been absorbed by the races which it has conquered.
Página 3 - That chivalrous spirit which has exercised so powerful an influence on the politics, morals, and manners of all the European nations, was found in the highest exaltation among the Norman nobles. Those nobles were distinguished by their graceful bearing and insinuating address. They were distinguished also by their skill in negotiation, and by a natural eloquence which they assiduously cultivated. It was the boast of one of their historians that the Norman gentlemen were orators from the cradle. But...
Página 6 - Anselm from Lombardy to Bee, and from Bee to Canterbury, Art, under his auspices, produced alike the stern grandeur of Caen and Ely and the brilliant gorgeousness of Palermo and Monreale. In a word, the indomitable vigour of the Scandinavian, joined to the buoyant vivacity of the Gaul, produced the conquering and ruling race of Europe.
Página vii - To prove the fallacy of some generally received maxims as to the composition of the English nation ; to show that the Norman settlement at the Conquest consisted of something more than a slight infusion of a foreign element ; that it involved the addition of a numerous and mighty people, equally a half of the conquered population ; that as a race it is as distinguishable now as it was a thousand years since, and that at this hour its descendants may be counted by tens of millions in this country...
Página iii - NORMAN PEOPLE (The). The Norman People, and their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States of America.
Página 3 - They established internal order, such as had long been unknown in the Frank empire. They embraced Christianity ; and with Christianity they learned a great part of what the clergy had to teach. They abandoned their native speech, and adopted the French tongue, in which the Latin was the predominant element. They speedily raised their new language to a dignity and importance which it had never before possessed. They found it a barbarous jargon; they fixed it in writing; and they employed it in legislation,...
Página xiv - This is the peace that King Alfred and King Guthrum, and the ' witan' of all the English nation, and all the people that are in East Anglia, have all ordained and with oaths confirmed, for themselves and for their descendants, as well for born as for unborn, who reck of God's mercy or of ours.
Página 3 - ... than for their intoxicating power. That chivalrous spirit which has exercised so powerful an influence on the politics, morals, and manners of all the European nations, was found in the highest exaltation among the Norman nobles.

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