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The Boke of Noblesse

ADDRESSED TO KING EDWARD THE FOURTH ON HIS INVASION OF FRANCE IN 1475

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Author: Unknown
Published: 1475
Language: English
Wordcount: 64,723 / 199 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 51.3
LoC Category: DC
Downloads: 439
Added to site: 2010.10.02
mnybks.net#: 29154
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: History
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he continental possessions of England had been lost, "within the space of one year and fourteen (fifteen) weeks, that is to wete, from the xv. day of May in the year 1449 unto the xv. day of August in the year 1450, that every castle, fortress, and town defensable of the said duchies were delivered up by force or composition to the adverse party."

After a break (p. 50), in consequence of the loss of a leaf of the Manuscript, we find ourselves in the midst of a discussion of the merits of astrology. The author addresses himself to combat the prevalent confidence in prophecies and in the influence of the stars: "which judgments (he avers) be not necessarily true;" but merely contingent or likely, and, he adds, "as likely not to be as to be." For if, he puts the case, "a constellation or a prophecy signified that such a year or within {ix} such a time there should fall war, pestilence, or dearth of vitaile to a country or region, or privation of a country, it is said but dispositively, and not of necessit

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