The Evolution of an Empire

A Brief Historical Sketch of Germany

Published: 1893
Language: English
Wordcount: 9,939 / 37 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 41.7
LoC Category: DD
Downloads: 625
Added to site: 2010.10.15
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Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: History
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onic Saxon may be said to have dined on the Keltic Briton, and remained master of the island until the Normans came, six centuries later, and in turn dominated, and made him bear the yoke of servitude.

Nor was this French-speaking Norman, French at all, except by adoption; being, in fact, the terrible Northman of two centuries before, on account of whose ravages the noble had entrenched himself in his strong castle, and the wretched serf had in mortal terror sold himself and all that he possessed, for the protection of its solid walls and moat; and thus had been laid the foundations of feudalism. He it was who, with long hair reeking with rancid oil, battle-axe, spear, and iron hook--with which to capture human and other prey--had held France in a state of unspeakable terror for centuries, but who had finally settled down as respectable French citizen in the sea-board province of Normandy, and in two centuries had made such wonderful improvement in manners, apparel, and speech, that the simple Saxon ba

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