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Tue Apr 04 19:15:26 2017 1 The Project Gutenberg eBook of A History of England Principally in the Seventeenth Century, Volume I (of 6), by Leopold von Ranke This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.
You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org Title: A History of England Principally in the Seventeenth Century, Volume I (of 6) Author: Leopold von Ranke Release Date: April 9, 2009 [eBook #28546] Language: English Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1 ***START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK A HISTORY OF ENGLAND PRINCIPALLY IN THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY, VOLUME I (OF 6)*** E-text prepared by Paul Dring, Frank van Drogen, and the Project Gutenberg Online Distributed Proofreading Team (http:--www.pgdp.net) A HISTORY OF ENGLAND PRINCIPALLY IN THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY by LEOPOLD VON RANKE VOLUME I PREFACE. Once more I come before the public with a work on the history of a nation which is not mine by birth. It is the ambition of all nations which enjoy a literary culture to possess a harmonious and vivid narrative of their own past history.
And it is of inestimable value to any people to obtain such a narrative, which shall comprehend all epochs, be true to fact and, while resting on thorough research, yet be attractive to the reader; for only by this aid can the nation attain to a perfect self-consciousness, and feeling the pulsation of its life throughout the story, become fully acquainted with its own origin and growth and character.
But we may doubt whether up to this time works of such an import and compass have ever been produced, and even whether they can be produced.
For who could apply critical research, such as the progress of study now renders necessary, to the mass of materials already collected, without being lost in its immensity? Tue Apr 04 19:15:26 2017 2 Who again could possess the vivid su...





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