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1876. Feb. 22.

Minot Fund

H6038,44 (1)

12 MAK 1912

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The Argument.

I. Introduction, stating in what sense a truly philosophic history of Chivalry might be undertaken. The occasion which gave rise to this work



II. That there was a deficiency, which it might be made to re-
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III. In what way divided

IV. The advantage and enjoyment which may be derived from such studies

V. Why examples of foreign Chivalry seem to have been preferred. England formerly renowned for its peculiar love of Chivalry. What general principles may have dictated this preference of foreign examples; what particular circumstances may have required it


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VI. The importance of the imagination in the conduct of life. The application of poetry. How poetry is employed in these books 20 VII. A respect for past times characteristic of Chivalry; the opinion of the ancients on this point. Why the same should peculiarly belong to our age. Remarks upon its general character


VIII. Remarks upon the old literature of heroic times; that a taste for it has revived. How ancient words and forms will be employed in these books

IX. In what manner history is employed, and what kind of histories are used

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X. How far a regular plan will be observed. That the Catholic faith secures men from inconsistency. How the course will correspond with the symbolical wanderings of the ancient knights; the advantages and pleasure such a course .

XI. For what persons such a work may be designed; that youth requires studies of this nature; that they can only be of use when in perfect harmony with religion

XII. On what ground the employment of the chivalrous romances can be defended

XIII. The propriety of classical allusions shewn from the custom of our old writers. That the old world must have had its Chi¡valry; examples to prove this. How far such Chivalry must have been inferior to the Christian

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XIV. Chivalry defined. That its age can never be said to have passed. Youth essentially chivalrous. A view of its character. That only what is accidental to Chivalry can become obsolete and lifeless

XV. The features of Chivalry which seem to have an especial reference to the Christian religion: its ardour, and freedom from human respect; its perfect fidelity; its humility; its generous spirit; its need of a divine object; its sense of the real dignity of the soul; its piety; its sense of beauty; its constant readiness and promptitude; its courage; its loyalty; its disposition to admire all the circumstances of piety; its willingness to serve; its admitting religious motives in preference to all others; its hatred of selfishness and calculation; its spirit of obedience; its delicate affections; its simplicity and gentleness; its liberal and comprehensive spirit; its spirit of sacrifice; its temperance and consistency; its sincerity; its susceptibility of love and reverence; its desire of union and fellowship; its charity; its heroism; its disposition to receive instruction from the teachers of truth, and to revere the priesthood and all sanctity and innocence; its predisposition to admit authority. That it was the unity of faith which, in the middle ages, united all hearts in noble Chivalry


XVI. The symbolical character of the Christian Chivalry; arising from the disposition of youth; from the nature of all noble

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