Wednesday, March 16, 2005

This Matter Is Unrelated To His Daughter

     I am spending a week in a scholar's home.  He has quite a collection of works on the History of England.  Considering contemprorary (and ancient, it turns out) sympathies for times long dead; the pretensions of those who assert that only tradition can guide, has led me to investigate some of the sources of the American Republic.  I read the Federalist and Anti-Federalist papers in college, along with the best known works of Locke, Grotius, Hume; the works of the Marx, Engels, Lenin and Stalin, along with economists like Smith, Ricardo, Chambers, Aito, and many more.  All of this, however, was written with America in mind, a state the revolutionaries could not have enjoyed.  They thought of England.

  • S Keynes and M Lapidge, Alfred the Great, Asser's Life of King Alfred and Other Contemporary Sources
  • WA Chaney, The Cult of Kingship in Anglo-Saxon England
  • RA Brown, The Normans and the Norman Conquest
  • MP Gilmore, The World of Humanism, 1453-1517
  I seem to be missing anything on the 13th century, but there was a book on the 12th century Rennaissance I found to be too wretched to count among the works I've finished.

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