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Historic Bye-Ways (Volume 1) (Paperback) Loot Price: R466
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Historic Bye-Ways (Volume 1) (Paperback): C. F. Lascelles Wraxall, Lascelles Wraxall

Historic Bye-Ways (Volume 1) (Paperback)

C. F. Lascelles Wraxall, Lascelles Wraxall

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III. Mb. Carlyle's Last Pet. He would be a bold man who ventured to gainsay Mr. Carlyle's merits as' an historian, for they are distinguished by most of the qualities which are now considered indispensable for the historic writer. He possesses an almost Teutonic patience in research, a happy knack of sifting evidence, and an apparently unbounded power of language. But his greatest merit, in spite of his affectation and neologism, is the clearness of his descriptions; and he is probably the only man in England, since we lost Sir W. Napier, who is able to convr to a civilian a precise idea of a battle- scene. As we read the account of the fight of M611- witz, we fancy that we hear the booming of the heavy guns and the sharp spatter of the file-firing; and amid the accessories and vivid descriptions of side-scenes, we never lose the hero of the day thoroughly out of sight. Unfortunately, however, great as Mr. Carlyle's merits are, he is not free from the defect of nearly every historian-?partiality. Far be it from us to say that he would wilfully distort facts, as a Macaulay has been accused of doing, in order to mould them to hisown views. On the contrary, Mr. Carlyle's honesty leads him straight into the trap; a man of strong passions, and more than ordinarily Scotch in his adherence to a preconceived opinion, he has no sooner formed what he conceives to be the true idea of a person or an event than he adheres to it through good and evil report, and no evidence will induce him to swerve. This idiosyncrasy is most strikingly shown in his " History of Frederick the Great," where, in the teeth of all evidence to the contrary, he asks our admiration for such a monarch as Frederick William I. of Prussia, and holds him up as a thorough man. Everybody knows that Mr. Carly...


Imprint: General Books LLC
Country of origin: United States
Release date: February 2012
First published: February 2012
Authors: C. F. Lascelles Wraxall • Lascelles Wraxall
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 5mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 170
ISBN-13: 978-0-217-22215-0
Categories: Books
LSN: 0-217-22215-3
Barcode: 9780217222150

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