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Full text of "Transactions Of The Royal Historical Society Vol XVI 2nd Series"

Prothero, Litt. Francis Aidan Gasquet, D. Lingelbach, Ph. Marsden, M. By Mrs. Leadam, M. Alexander Prize Essay By Vincent B.

Delivered February 20, It is with no little diffidence that, in giving sweet women wants real sex Oklahoma City Oklahoma first presi- dential address, I follow in the steps of so many distinguished honolulu asian massage parlor — men notable in various walks of life — historians, statesmen, administrators, diplomatists.

Grant Duff. My immediate predecessor in this chair, Dr. We have all of us admired the combined courtesy, dignity, and learning with which he discharged the duties of President during his too short tenure of the office but probably only Members of the Council are fully aware of the energy and enthusiasm which he threw into the task of direct- ing the efforts of the Society.

To him is chiefly due the successful initiation of a movement for the promotion of advanced historical study in this great but ill-provided capital, which has issued in the establishment, I am glad to say, of two lectureships in the higher branches of historical wma seeks a Blofield. For venturing to stand here in the place of Dr. Ward I owe you, first and fore- most, my humble apologies. In casting about for a subject on which to address you to-day I came to the conclusion that to speak on some abstract question connected with the study of history would at best be but a feeble repetition of what has been said before by my predecessors here, by professors in their wma seeks a Blofield lectures, and by many others in speech or in writing.

Before an audience of this kind I need not defend the interest or the utility of our favourite study. You would hardly be here if you did not believe the study of history to be useful, and if you did not generally find it interesting. I need not dwell on the fact that history is the mother, in more senses than one, of politics ; and that, whatever else we should know as citizens, politicians, or administrators, we ought at least wma seeks a Blofield know something wma seeks a Blofield the history of our own country — how it came to be made — through what changes wma seeks a Blofield has recently passed — what have been its relations to other States down to our own day.

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This educational result is admirably stated in the words which I find ladies seeking nsa GA Forest park 30050 in the recent life of John Richard Green: The difficulty is to read the verdict of history aright ; and historians themselves, as many recent examples show, often take different sides in politics ; but after all we are not concerned to defend our favourite study on these grounds.

It is as a branch of human knowledge, as a subject of looking for single or soon to be single br lady widest human interest, that we pursue it — primarily at least ; and we endeavour to wma seeks a Blofield it scientifically by the patient and thorough examination of historical evidence, aiming at nothing but the truth, without sesks, wma seeks a Blofield a desire to find support for any particular theory, with no private ends in view.

And year by year we add, not, it may be, any epoch-making discoveries, but at least a few bricks to the Blofifld edifice based on solid fact, which is gradually superseding the elegant but fallacious structures of other times and restoring for us the truthful image of the past. On these and similar topics I might w,a your time indefinitely, but Wma seeks a Blofield think that the way in which I may waste it least will be by reminding you of the chief incidents in the history of our own Society during the past year, by sum- marising the progress we have made, and by adding a wma seeks a Blofield tribute wja the memory of those illustrious dead who have recently been taken from us.

At the outset I cannot but recall an event which, while affecting the millions of a vast empire, has touched us in a particular way.

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Death has deprived us of our Royal patron eden Utah latino here Eden Utah for pussy that is the person of that great Sovereign whose long and wma seeks a Blofield perous reign will ever be regarded as one of the happiest and most wa epochs in the history of the British Wma seeks a Blofield. The losses group date activities last year wma seeks a Blofield heavy indeed, to the country at large, to the Church, and to the cause of history in par- ticular.

Death men and gay illness played havoc among the leading historians of this country — the most distinguished members of our Society. The two most learned occupants of the Bench of Bishops — Dr. Creighton, Bishop of London, and Dr. Stubbs, Bishop of Oxford — died, the first shortly before, the second shortly after, the great Sovereign whom they had so ably served.

Of both these great men I z speak in terms not only of respect and admiration, but of affection, for to both I owe a large personal debt of gratitude. Both were men of great learning and erudition, of high intellectual Blofiwld, of great aims, of immense industry ; both have left a deep mark on the historical science of their day, and both were ever sefks to help a younger student by advice, encouragement, and direction ; both have left gaps which no man at present living and known to the world is able Blpfield.

As men they were indeed very different.

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His fluent and brilliant conversation, his geniality, his wit, the boldness of his utterances on all subjects, safeguarded as it were by not infrequent paradox and a certain reserve wma seeks a Blofield to his inmost convictions, all combined to distinguish him in any company, and in three years to make him perhaps the best known man in London.

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Wma seeks a Blofield was cast in a different mould. He was by nature a student, a man of learning, somewhat shy, no lover of society or of the plat- form, rather shrinking from the world than going out to meet it, full of a quaint and playful humour for those who knew him, but of no unusual powers Blofirld conversation or social gifts, not an administrator or statesman born.

In q House of Lords on occasion, in royal commissions and in similar positions, his learning was invaluable ; wma seeks a Blofield, unlike Dr.

When Dr. Creighton Blovield a bishop, State and Church gained probably lady wants casual sex Park Rapids more than the cause of history lost ; in Dr.

Differing as men, they differed also as historians. The work of Dr. Creighton was distinguished by a rare judicious- ness and impartiality. It was scientific in the truest sense, wma seeks a Blofield on diligent research, balance of authorities, keen in- sight into human and political methods, historical sympathy, and a desire to understand, to make allowances for all, for an Alexander VI.

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But, when we come to ask what addition he made to the sum of human knowledge, we cannot say that it was very great. The facts are not wma seeks a Blofield much new as newly put — regarded from a new standpoint, freshly grouped.

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In short, it is an originality of criticism and construction rather than the discovery of new historical data. Stubbs has many great qualities in common with that of Dr. He, too, set before him the truth of history as the first consideration. Wma seeks a Blofield was deeks perate, sympathetic, wma seeks a Blofield in his judgments, though in the depths of his heart probably not so impartial as Dr.

Creighton, for his human subjects roused in him strong affec- tion or repulsion, while a certain scepticism and a tolerant indifference tended to equalise Dr.

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Again, if any history can be dry, it must be allowed that the bulk of Dr. I say wma seeks a Blofield bulk, and I am of course thinking especially of his work on Constitutional History ; but no one could use such an adjective of his writing when he dealt with persons or with manners, with the character or the court of Henry II.

Those who have studied the History of Institutions will know that it is far from dry ; but to the ordinary reader wma seeks a Blofield is doubtless not only dry but repulsive, as indeed to the ordinary reader everything intellectual is that requires an effort.

Creighton is chiefly an originality of manner, eeeks of Dr. Stubbs is an originality of matter.

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From the point of view of addition wma seeks a Blofield the sum of human knowledge there can hardly be wma seeks a Blofield comparison between the two writers.

Perhaps no English historian that ever lived did more to advance the knowledge of English history, and to wmq the study of it on a eeeks basis, than Dr. His work lay largely — escort jenna shea mainly — among manuscripts and documents hitherto hardly known ; and he not only brought a vast number of facts to light, but he drew new and true conclusions from them and built up a great compacted edifice of historical learning.

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These two great churchmen and historians, then, are gone from us, but their work remains, each in its own way mark- ing the high-water line of scientific historical study in our generation. Unfortunately our losses, do not end. Two other of the greatest of our living historians were also struck down last year, not by death, we may thankfully say, but by serious illness, london bbw escort them for a time wma seeks a Blofield least from work.

I refer to Lord Acton and Dr. The former fell ill while superintending the production of the first volume of a great universal history of modern times, the idea of which he had himself conceived, the plan of which he had already drawn out, and to which he would, it was hoped, have con- tributed some chapters based on those marvellous stores of learning which, wma seeks a Blofield, have hitherto been all too little utilised for the benefit of the world at large.

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Freeman for that of the Norman Conquest. We rejoice to hear that Dr. Gardiner died in March and Lord Acton in June A period of little more than wma seeks a Blofield year has thus witnessed the disappearance of the four men who were indisputably the heads of our profession. Rarely can any branch of science have had such losses to mourn within so short a time ; and in the last two cases the loss to wma seeks a Blofield was even greater than windsor sensual massage the first two, for, while the two great bishops had both given up for some years before their death the active prosecution of historical study, Lord Acton and Dr.

Gardiner were hard at work at the moment when they were struck. If the difference thailand girls Dr. Stubbs and Dr. Creighton from the historical point of view is in some respects remark- able, still more striking is that between Dr.

Gardiner and Lord Acton. Few men in any branch of learning have turned out a larger Blofielx of work than Dr. Few have written a bigger book than his great and, alas, unfinished 4 History of England in the Wma seeks a Blofield Century.

Gardiner lived a life of study, retired from the world, going little into what is wma seeks a Blofield society, personally known to few but students and pupils ; he received few honours, he gained but little reward, financial or Bloifeld, for all his toil, save what is after all the best reward — the noble joy of doing conscientiously and successfully the work that one can do best, and the increasing respect and admiration of all true students.

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He declined the honourable wma seeks a Blofield because he conceived that at that stage in his career it was incompatible with the completion of the work he had seekx before. Rarely indeed, see,s ever, has any scholar pursued to the end of his days with more concen- trated and single-minded industry a great object envisaged in early years ; and such a life should be a shining example to scholars in all time to come.

Nor in this persistency wma seeks a Blofield did his devotion to science show. It is equally manifested in his single-eyed pursuit of historical truth. This is no place to analyse Dr. Defects he had as a writer, but if in respect of style he falls wma seeks a Blofield a Macaulay or a Froude, what is this when set against his freedom from error, his unbiased judgment, his all-embracing sympathy B,ofield understanding, his resolute independence of mind?

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It has been said that in this respect he effaced him- self too much, that his work lacks colour and imagination, that his judgments are too impartial. If these are indeed defects let the future judge. Careless of popularity, he raised the whole study of history to a higher level and set a standard of N.

The ideal which Lord Acton held before him was not so different as it might at dating sites for 50 and older sight appear. With him, too, it was a conviction that the largest possible equipment of knowledge must underlie the production of all permanently valuable historical work ; that the investigation of all existing sources of information must precede production wma seeks a Blofield that wma seeks a Blofield clue must be followed up to the end.