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A Literary History of the English PeopleFrom the Origins to the Renaissance by Jusserand, Jean Jules

A Literary History of the English PeopleFrom the Origins to the Renaissance by Jusserand, Jean Jules

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A Literary History of the English People
BY THE SAME AUTHOR.
ENGLISH WAYFARING LIFE IN THE MIDDLE AGES (XIVth Century). Translated by L. T. Smith.
Revised and Enlarged by the Author. 4th Edition. 61 Illustrations. Large crown 8vo, cloth, 7s. 6d.
"An extremely fascinating book."\u2014Times.
THE ENGLISH NOVEL IN THE TIME OF SHAKESPEARE.
Translated by E. Lee. Revised and Enlarged by the Author. Illustrated by 6 Heliogravures by Dujardin, and 21
full-page and many smaller illustrations. 3rd Edition. Large crown 8vo, cloth, 7s. 6d.
"One of the brightest, most scholarly, and most interesting volumes of literary history."\ue000Speaker.
A FRENCH AMBASSADOR AT THE COURT OF CHARLES II.: Le Comte de Cominges, from his
unpublished correspondence.
10 Portraits. Second Edition. Large crown 8vo, cloth, 7s. 6d.
"The whole book is delightful reading."\ue001Spectator.
PIERS PLOWMAN: A Contribution to the History of English Mysticism.
Translated by M. E. R. Revised and Enlarged by the Author. Illustrated. Demy 8vo, cloth, 12s.
"This masterly interpretation of an epoch-making book."\ue002Standard.
London: T. FISHER UNWIN.
A Literary History of the English People
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The Project Gutenberg eBook of A Literary History Of The English People, by J. J. Jusserand.
A Literary History of the English People
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A Literary History of
The English People
from the Origins
To the Renaissance

By
J. J. Jusserand
London

T. Fisher Unwin
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PREFACE
Many histories have preceded this one; many others will come after. Such is the charm of the subject that

volunteers will never be lacking to undertake this journey, so hard, so delightful too.

As years go on, the journey lengthens: wider grows the field, further advance the seekers, and from the top of unexplored headlands, through morning mists, they descry the outlines of countries till then unknown. They must be followed to realms beyond the grave, to the silent domains of the dead, across barren moors and frozen fens, among chill rushes and briars that never blossom, till those Edens of poetry are reached, the echoes of which, by a gift of fairies or of muses, still vibrate to the melody of voices long since hushed.

More has been done during the last fifty years to shed light on the origins than in all the rest of modern times.
Deciphering, annotating, printing, have gone on at an extraordinary pace and without interruption; the empire
of letters has thus been enlarged, according to the chances of the explorers' discoveries, by gardens and
deserts, cloudy immensities, and boundless forests; its limits have receded into space: at least so it seems to
us. We laugh at the simplicity of honest Robertson, who in the last century wondered at the superabundance of
historical documents accessible in his time: the day is not far distant when we shall be laughed at in the same
way for our own simplicity.

The field of literary history widens in another manner yet, and one that affects us more nearly. The years glide
on so rapidly that the traveller who started to explore the lands of former times, absorbed by his task,
oblivious of days and months, is surprised on his return at beholding how the domain of the past has widened.
To the past belongs Tennyson, the laureate; to the past belongs Browning, and that ruddy smiling face, manly
and kind, which the traveller to realms beyond intended to describe from nature on his coming back among
living men, has faded away, and the grey slab of Westminster covers it. A thing of the past, too, the master
who first in France taught the way, daring in his researches, straightforward in his judgments, unmindful of
consequences, mindful of Truth alone; whose life was a model no less than his work. The work subsists, but
who shall tell what the life has been, and what there was beneficent in that patriarchal voice with its clear,
soft, and dignified tones? The life of Taine is a work which his other works have not sufficiently made known.

The task is an immense one; its charm can scarcely be expressed. No one can understand, who has not been
there himself, the delight found in those far-off retreats, sanctuaries beyond the reach of worldly troubles. In
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