This brilliant historical romance is attracting the widest attention, and is universally praised. The character of Zagloba is one of the raciest and most remarkable in the whole range of fiction. A perusal of the story amply justifies the praise which has thus far been lavished upon it.
he Commonwealth, either from choice or necessity, was more occupied in struggling with Russians than in standing with firm foot on the Baltic. Sound statesmanship would have taught the Poles that for them it was a (question of life and death to possess Pomerania and Prussia, and make the Oder at least their western boundary. They had the power to do that; they had the power to expel the two military orders from the coast; but they did not exert it,--a neglect which cost them dear in later times. Moscow would not have escaped the Poles had they been masters of the Baltic, and had they, instead of fighting with Cossacks and Russians, attached them to the Commonwealth by toleration and justice.
The whole internal policy of Poland from the coronation of Yagello to the reign of Vladislav IV. was to assimilate the nobility of Lithuania and Russia to that of Poland in political rights and in religious profession. The success was complete in the political sense, and practically so in the religious. The Polish
Yes, a 'brilliant historical romance', but utterly trashed by the inept, lumpen translation and appalling typographical errors. If you are unable to cross-refer to the original or to think laterally, reading Curtin's effort can become an exercise in superhuman perseverance. Badly done! as Mr Knightly would have said.