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The history of Great Britain (v. 10)


The history of Great Britain (v. 10)

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    Robert Henry
Excerpt from book: THE HISTORY GREAT BRITAIN. BOOK V. CHAP. IV. Hi/lory of Learning in Great Britain, from the acceffion of Henry TV., A.D. 1399., to the acceffion of Henry VII., A.D. 1485. SECTION I. State of Learning in Britain from A.D. 1399. t A. D. 1485. darknefs of that long night of ignorance Age of which overmadowed Europe, from the fall ignorance. of the weftern empire to the revival of learning in the fixteenth century, was not equally profound at all times and in all places. In Britain particularly, fume gleams of light appeared at different times, as in the age of venerable Bede — of Alcuinus — of Alfred the Great—and of Friar Bacon '. But thefe gleams were neither very bright, nor of long duration: and as foon as the luminaries which produced them were extinguifhed, the former darknefs returned. This is fo true, .that the pre- fent period, though it immediately preceded the revival of learning, was, in Britain, one of the darkeft, and furnifhes fewer materials for literary hiftory than any former period: for which reafon, a very brief delineation of it in this place will be fufficient. No art or induftry could render a long, minute detail of the learning of an illiterate people, in a dark age, inftru6live or entertaining. Greeks in As the decline and fall of the weftern empire u y' were the chief caufesof the decline and almoft extinction of learning in all the countries which had compofed that empire: fo the decline and fall of the empire of the eaft proved the chief caufes of the revival of learning in the weft. For when the difiblution of that empire vifibly approached, fe- veral learned Greeks retired into Italy, to avoid impending ruin : and when its capital, Conftan- tinople, was taken by the Turks, A. D. 7453., a much greater number fled into the fame ...  
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