The decline and fall of the

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Please call customer service at for assistance. The tendencies of the time, both in England and on the Continent, were in a wholly different direction.

On no other subject is his irony more bitter or his contempt so manifestly displayed. Yet party-spirit, however pernicious or absurd, is a principle of union as well as of dissension. The execution of the extensive plan which I have described would connect the ancient and modern history of the World; but it would require many years of health, of leisure, and of perseverance.

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Foster says that Gibbon: blamed the otherworldly preoccupations of Christianity for the decline of the Roman empire, heaped scorn and abuse on the church, and sneered at the entirety of monasticism as a dreary, superstition-ridden enterprise. Gibbon always valued books mainly for what they contained, and he had early learned the lesson which all good historians should learn: that some of his most valuable materials will be found in literatures that have no artistic merit; in writers who, without theory and almost without criticism, simply relate the facts which they have seen, and express in unsophisticated language the beliefs and impressions of their time. On no other subject is his irony more bitter or his contempt so manifestly displayed. The English universities were at this time purely Anglican bodies, and the conversion of Gibbon excluded him from Oxford. But though his style is artificial and pedantic, and greatly wanting in flexibility, it has a rare power of clinging to the memory, and it has profoundly influenced English prose. But his temper was most kindly, equable, and contented; he was a steady friend, and he appears to have been always liked and honoured in the cultivated and uncontentious Edition: current; Page: [xxviii] society in which he delighted. No one can read his books without perceiving Edition: current; Page: [xxiii] that his English was not that of a debater; and he has candidly admitted that he entered Parliament without public spirit or serious interest in politics, and that he valued it chiefly as leading to an office which might restore the fortune which the extravagance of his father had greatly impaired. A: If the email notification is missing, first check your Spam folder. Vast and multifarious as are the subjects which he has treated, his work is a great whole, admirably woven in all its parts. In truth, this somewhat shy and reserved scholar, with his fastidious taste, his eminently judicial mind, and his highly condensed and elaborate style, was singularly unfit for the rough work of Parliamentary discussion. There was his enlistment as captain in the Hampshire militia. His autobiography Memoirs of My Life and Writings is devoted largely to his reflections on how the book virtually became his life. He complained that he found no guidance, no stimulus, and no discipline, and that the fourteen months he spent there were the most idle and unprofitable of his life.

Q: What if I do not receive the notification that the eGift has been redeemed? No other history of that century has been so often reprinted, annotated, and discussed, or remains to the present day a capital authority on the great period of which it treats.

His father judiciously sent him to Lausanne to study with a Swiss pastor named Pavilliard, with whom he spent five happy and profitable years.

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