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Song and Legend From the Middle Ages

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Published: 1893
Language: English
Wordcount: 42,278 / 131 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 56.6
LoC Category: AG
Downloads: 1,912
mnybks.net#: 4796
Genres: Reference, Music, Myth, Poetry
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the University of Chicago, for the use of books from his valuable library, and for the permission, most highly prized, to print for the first time some of his translations of the Cid ballads.

THE EDITORS. Chicago, April, 1893.

INTRODUCTION.

The Middle Ages extend from the fifth to the fifteenth century, from the fall of the Roman Empire to the establishment of the great modern states. The general outline of the history of the Middle Ages can be seen in the following excellent table:[1]

[1] Drury's "History of the Middle Ages", page XIV.

  1. The decline of the Roman Empire and the successful accomplishment of two invasions.
  2. The transient brilliancy of the Arabian civilization.
  3. The attempted organization of a new empire by Charlemagne, and its dissolution.
  4. The rise and prevalence of feudalism.
  5. The successive crusades.
  6. The contest between the pope and the emperor for the sovereignty of the world.

The

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