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82693 UNIVERSITY MAGAZINE,
Literary and Political Journal.
JANUARY TO JUNE, 1865.
GEORGE HERBERT, 117, GRAFTON-STREET.
HURST & BLACKETT, LONDON.
In some of the most ancient of our despised trade, and that his inferiors, chronicles, the authors make sorrow- who did not possess land either in ing record of the fact that when the hope or in hand, suffered by an affecRomans were well established in tation of similar contempt, is maniBritain, the sons of the native chiefs fest by the law of Athelstan, which carried anguish to the hearts of their ennobled trade by enacting that he who fathers, by adopting the habits, man- had made three voyages for commerners, morals, vices, and language of cial purposes should ipso facto take the conquerors. Simplicity and virtue rank as a gentleman. But then your suffered accordingly: young fellows fine people laughed at these mercanwho had known no liquid more tile thanes. A shopkeeper, dubbed a potent than spring water, took to knight, is hardly an object of severer drinking Falernian; they made love satire, particularly on the part of in a loose way, and in still looser those good-natured people who are Latin, and they were the original not likely to be invited within the
fine gentlemen" of these islands, pale of chivalry. deriving all the worst qualities of that
What Athelstan was unable to brotherhood from willing teachers effect, the Normans did not pretend from beyond the Alps. The British to accomplish. The latter brought paterfamilias, however, had no reason- in few new fashions, for the Saxons able grounds of complaint, for he had learnt to import them. But the never admitted his son to companion- companions of the Conquestor, as ship with him till the lad was six- William styled himself, introduced a teen or eighteen years old, and then few new vices, followed by extraoronly to bear arms in the field. It dinary fashions in dress, to imitate was just at that age that the young which, to shuffle in long peaked shoes, Britons found Roman temptation so to wear sleeves which covered the seductive that they flung off their fingers, and to swear as boldly and bracca, donned the graceful tunie, blasphemously as the king, for the cut and curled their hair, and looked time being, was to do, and to be, the almost like genuine Italian dandies ! right thing! The Norman era was
All powerful fashion as fully assert- the true era of the "Goddems." The ed its potentiality after the arrival practice which procured for our anof the Saxons. The young gentle- cestors so unpleasant a title was said men took kindly to hard drinking, to be purely English; but profane and that curious custom of tattuoing swearing was a Norman luxury, and which so astonished and disgusted a gentleman of that period aired his the Normans, who, in the latter re- maledictions, if it were only to show spect worked a speedy reformation. that he was in the new and true That the Saxon lord or heir of land fashion, and must be respected accord.
VOL. LXV.-XO, CCCLXXXV.