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WILLIAM STUBBS Seventeen lectures on the study of medieval and modern history and kindred subjects


Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Ajoining Countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV in 12 volumes 

Chronicles of Enguerrand De Monstrelet (Sir John Froissart's Chronicles continuation) in 13 volumes 

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Seventeen lectures on the study of medieval and modern history and kindred subjects
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VII.] LONDON AND THE COURT. 169 the great Foliot himself, the able statesman who pitted all his skill, experience, and learning against the zeal of Becket and lost the game, at least in the opinion of his contemporaries. At the court would be Ranulf Glanville, the father of the \ study of English common law, and the astute band of justices 1 who shared with him the confidence of the most sagacious ' and business-like of kings. Our friend would find the historical mind fairly well awake to the importance of the era in which it found itself : the author of the Gesta Regis Henrici may not yet have chosen to be anonymous, but have been keeping a busy account from day to day of the king's doings ; Thomas Brown would be there with his roll, and Peter of Blois moralising ' de Praestigiis fortunae,' on the magic tricks of Fortune exemplified in the career of his royal patron ; and the author perhaps of the Draco Normannicus awaiting a reward for panegyrising the old Empress Maud; not to speak again of Ralph de Diceto and Gervase of Tilbury. At Westminster he would fall in with the Abbot Laurence, a theologian of some note in those days when almost every learned man was a theologian. In London indeed, or at Westminster, all the men whom I have mentioned might at any stirring time be found together : William Fitz Stephen, the biographer of Becket, possibly becoming a judge after he had tried his fortune as a scholar, but known to us by the lively picture which he has drawn of London in his own days ; Giraldus Cambrensis, the erratic Norman-Welshman, who, as I he would be looked for everywhere, might safely be caught I near the king ; even Roger of Hoveden, the learned Rector of Howden and chronicler of the north, but a king's chaplain and occasional justice of the forest. Time would fail him to learn even the names of all the subordinate scholars of London: he goes on northwards by S. Alban's and Peterborough. Nothing is more curious than the lively historic activity

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