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REVOLUTIONS

IN

ENGLISH HISTORY.

BY

ROBERT VAUGHAN, D.D.

VOL. I.

REVOLUTIONS OF RACE.

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In this work, Dr. VAUGHAN, the Editor of the British Quarterly Review, intenda t group together the leading facts of English History, so as to reveal at a glance the progress of the nation. It is a step towards the simplification of English History. By the term Revolutions, the author intends to denote the great phases of change, through which both the government and people of England have passed, during the historical period of their existence.

"A work of this kind," says Blackwood's Magazine, "cannot be superfluous, if it is worthily executed; and the honorable position which Dr. Vaughan has earned for himself in both theology and literature, gives us a guarantee that this will be the case. The specimen before us we have read with interest and improvement. We should particularize the ecclesiastical portion of the history as being executed with special care, and as remarkable for the spirit of justice and liberality he displays. To these pages we may honestly recommend the reader, as the fruit of steady and con. scientious labor, directed by a liberal and enlightened spirit."

"This treatise," says the London Athenæum, “or rather narrative, is deeply and variously interesting. Written plainly, but with all the characteristics of independent thought and accomplished scholarship, it may be pronounced a masterly survey of English civilization from the remotest epoch to the commencement of the fifteenth century. We have found this volume in every way excellent. It is at once a narra tive and a disquisition, learned, genial, critical, and also picturesque. The spirit of English history animates it throughout. Dr. Vaughan, by completing such a work will have done good service to literature."

The Westminster Review, the very highest critical authority upon English literature, said of this work, upon its original publication in England-" We can sincerely recommend Dr. Vaughan's Revolutions in English History as a thoughtful, interest. ing, scholarly presentment of the principal sociological vicissitudes of more than two thousand years of our British existence. Dr. Vaughan's composition is extremely lucid and nervous; not without a certain sedate ornamentation, but quite free from the misleading exaggerations of a seductive rhetoric."

18 CHRISTIAN CENTURIES.

BY

THE REV. JAMES WHITE,

AUTHOR OF A HISTORY OF FRANCE.

1 Vol. 12mo. Cloth. 538 pages. $1 25.

CONTENTS.

1. Cent.-The Bad Emperors.-II. The Good Emperors.-III. Anarchy and Confusion.-Growth of the Christian Church.-IV. The Removal to Constantinople.-Establishment of Christianity.-Apostasy of Julian.Settlement of the Goths.-V. End of the Roman Empire.-Formation of Modern States.-Growth of Ecclesiastical Authority.-VI. Belisarius and Narses in Italy-Settlement of the Lombards.-Laws of Justinian.-Birth of Mohammed.-VII. Power of Rome supported by the Monks.-Conquests of the Mohammedans.-VIII. Temporal Power of the Popes.-The Empire of Charlemagne.-IX.-Dismemberment of Charlemagne's Empire.-Danish Invasion of England.-Weakness of France.--Reign of Alfred.-X. Darkness and Despair.-XI. The Commencement of Improvement.-Gregory the Seventh.-First Crusade.-XII. Elevation of Learning.-Power of the Church.-Thomas à Becket.-XIII. First Crusade against Heretics.-The Albigenses.-Magna Charta.-Edward I.-XIV. Abolition of the Order of Templars.-Rise of Modern Literature.-Schism of the Church.-XV. Decline of Feudalism.-Agincourt.-Joan of Arc.— The Printing Press.-Discovery of America.-XVI. The Reformation.— The Jesuits.-Policy of Elizabeth.-XVII. English Rebellion and Revolution.-Despotism of Louis the Fourteenth.-XVIII. India.-America.France.-Index.

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Mr. White possesses in a high degree the power of epitomizing-that faculty which enables him to distil the essence from a mass of facts, and to condense it in description; a battle, siege, or other remarkable event, which, without his skill, might occupy a chapter, is compressed within the compass of a page or two, and this without the sacrifice of any feature essential or significant.-CENTURY.

Mr. White has been very happy in touching upon the salient points in the history of each century in the Christian era, and yet has avoided making his work a mere bald analysis or chronological table.-PROV. JOURNAL.

In no single volume of English literature can so satisfying and clear an Idea of the historical character of these eighteen centuries be obtained.HOME JOURNAL.

In this volume we have THE BEST EPITOME OF CHRISTIAN HISTORY EX

TANT. This is high praise, but at the same time JUST. The author's peculiar success is in making the great points and facts of history stand out in sharp relief. His style may be said to be STEREOSCOPIC, and the effect is exeeedingly impressive.-PROVIDENCE PRESS.

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SHAKSPEARE.

The Publishers, in presenting to the Public a new edition of the World's Poet, beg to point out the principal features which distinguish this edition of the work; and which they believe will be found to render it a form peculiarly adapted for general use.

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Instead of the notes and comments which ordinarily accompany the text,-interfering with the comfort of current perusal,pendious glossary of words and phrases, requiring explanation for those unconversant with Elizabethan literature, is annexed; with references to respective acts and scenes; thus offering ready elucida tion when needed,-and only when needed.

A biographical and critical preface condenses into small space the historical account of the Poet and his productions; whereto is appended a chronological table of Shakspeare's life, which enables the reader at one view to see all the authentic facts (in the order of their yearly succession) connected with our Dramatist's career from birth to death.

A minor point-but one conducing to prompt comprehension of dramatic purpose while reading-is the uniform placing of the stage direction" Aside") before, instead of after the speech to be so spoken, as hitherto has been the mode in printing Shakspeare's plays. A leading critic once said:

"Burn the Variorum Edition. Take the first Folio so far as it serves. Remove printers' errors by collation of the various Quartos. Amend corrupt lines by a severe and jealous adoption of emendations. Print the text without notes, and leave the rest to Shakspeare. Such is our advice to that imaginary future editor of the works who shall fall to his task in a proper spirit, thinking nothing of himself, much for the public, and most of all for the Poet."-ATHENEUM, No. 1577.

Much in accordance with the above judicious counsel, has the present edition been conducted; and the Publishers, having selected an editor of such acknowledged Shakspearian experience, look with confidence to a favorable reception in announcing

Shakspeare's Works,

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