Bibliotheca ms. Stowensis: A descriptive catalogue of the manuscripts in the Stowe library ...

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Стр. 211 - Turks, has displayed all the excellencies that narration can admit. His style, though somewhat obscured by time, and sometimes vitiated by false wit, is pure, nervous, elevated, and clear.
Стр. xi - And these are the kings that reigned in the land of Edom, ° before there reigned any king over the children of Israel.
Стр. 30 - Both the laity and clergy in Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, held in such great veneration portable bells, and staves crooked at the top, and covered with gold, silver, and brass, and similar relics of the saints, that they were much more afraid of swearing falsely by them than by the gospels, because, from some hidden and miraculous power with which they were gifted, and the vengeance of the saint to whom they were particularly pleasing, their despisers and transgressors are severely punished.
Стр. 126 - ... countrey inviolable, and to deliver up the succession peaceably to his Tanist, and then hath a wand delivered unto him by some whose proper office that is; after which, descending from the stone, he turneth himself round, thrice forwards and thrice backwards. Eudox. But how is the Tanist chosen? Iren. They say he setteth but one foot upon the stone, and receiveth the like oath that the captaine did.
Стр. 380 - the ritual of religion is applied to the tender passion, and Ovid's Art of Love is blended with the Breviary.
Стр. 202 - Inisfallen afterwards. Down to 1130, the initials are rudely adorned and coloured, and the writing is elegant ; but from thence to the end, there is no attempt at any species of ornament, and the writing declines from barbarous to more barbarous still, in proportion as we approach the end. The last leaf is the fifty-seventh of the manuscript, and ends with the year 1319.
Стр. 73 - Connacht, folio, parchment. — The written pages are 174, beginning with the year 1223, and ending with 1562. Ireland produces no chronicle of the affairs of Connacht to be compared with this. The narrative is in many instances circumstantial ; the occurrences of the different years in every part of the province are noticed ; as are the foundations of castles and churches, and the chronology is every where minutely detailed. "There is no history of the province of Connacht; neither is there of any...
Стр. 123 - Irish lords and chieftains to " assent" so readily " to this contribution," are thus stated by a learned modern writer. " Harassed by the perpetual aggressions of the warlike English families, who had settled in the chief towns, and fenced themselves round with formidable castles and...
Стр. 382 - Austin or Guy earl of Warwick, ludicrous or legendary, religious or romantic, a history or an allegory, he writes with facility. His transitions were rapid from works of the most serious and laborious kind to sallies of levity and pieces of popular entertainment. His muse was of universal...
Стр. 236 - Davis, and in this division grew an uncertainty, who had most voices ; whereupon sir John Davis, with all those of the protestancy, went out to be numbered, and before they came in again, those of the recusancy had shut the door, and had set sir John Everard in the chair of the speaker; but when the protestams saw that they quietly pulled sir John Everard out of the chair, and held sir John Davis therein...

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