Excerpt from A History of the Middle Ages: From the Overthrow of the Western Empire in 46 to the Commencement of the Crusades in 1096
In collecting the materials for this work, I have in many instances availed myself of contemporary authorities, and where they were inaccessib... le to me, I have consulted the best modern works. The book will in one sense be found a complete his tory of the period it embraces, inasmuch as nothing that is of real importance has been entirely passed over; in other respects, I aimed at no more than an introduction to the study of medieval history for, not to mention minor points, which are noticed very brie¿y, even the more important events could not be treated with that minuteness of detail so essential to the thorough student of history. My object will be fully attained, if the work shall contribute in any way to create an interest in a department of history which. Seems to be too much neglected in this country, at least so far as foreign nations are concerned. The present time, when the nations of all Europe are tempted by the extraordinary facilities of inter course, to cultivate a closer acquaintance with one another, and study one another' 3 history, habits, and institutions, more than at any other period, seems urgently to demand that, at least in our higher educational establishments, some attention should be paid to medieval history our age further appears to be more given to historical studies than the past generation, and nothing seems to be wanting but a suitable introduction to lead the student on to a more detailed investigation of medieval his tory, which, to the modern statesman and politician, is of far more importance than the study of Greek and Roman history.
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