Streams of History: The Renaissance and Reformation by Lisa M. Ripperton, Ellwood W. Kemp

By Lisa M. Ripperton, Ellwood W. Kemp

Provides 3 nice pursuits that introduced Europe out of the center a long time and into Modernity: The Renaissance; the expansion of the English structure and, specially, the expansion of the English Parliament; and The Reformation. makes a speciality of the clash among the primary of self-government and the main of despotic executive to figure out which should still rule and direct the lives of guys. quantity five within the 7-volume Streams of historical past sequence, which provides a vibrant photo of the expansion of Western Civilization from the early resource of the old circulation again within the Nile, the Tigro-Euphrates and the Indus valleys, after which its widening and deepening because it strikes westward. The sequence highlights the contributions of every tradition to the flow of heritage and indicates how its contributions are stuck up and carried directly to destiny peoples and countries. the scholar is resulted in see how every one grows out of that which precedes, and shadows forth what follows, and that the invention of the US, and its next institutional improvement was once the fruitage of a seed which lay deep within the old soul of Europe.

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One day he found a Latin Bible while looking through some of the university books. It was the first Bible he had ever seen, and with the greatest delight he read the pages again and again. He was surprised to find how much there was in it; for in the religious services which he had gone through during his childhood in the monastery he had heard only the meager quotations of the monks. To get the whole Bible and read the chapters and books through in connection, was to him like reading a wholly new book.

It was called, not by the King himself, but by one of his subjects, Simon de Montfort, for the purpose of curbing the King's tyranny. To this parliament were summoned the few nobles who were in sympathy with De Montfort, representatives of the large landowners and representatives of the people living in the large towns. Thirty years after this time, in 1295, when a great English King, Edward I, was needing money to carry on war against the Welsh and the Scotch he assembled a Parliament, in which all of the classes of English people were represented, to ask them to vote him money.

Colleges and schools began to rise, and men's minds began to long for greater freedom. They learned from visiting the universities of the Arabians that there were people in the world who were better educated than they, and had a hundredfold more of the comforts and luxuries of life. Stimulated by this, Europe began to shake off the torpor that had benumbed her mind, and to take on a more active life. The greatest stir in this new thought first came about in Italy, partly because of the good position she held with regard to the commerce of the world; then like a river which gradually fills full of water to overflowing, the new stream of learning rose to such a height in Italy that, during the century in which Columbus lived, it flowed northward through the passes of the Alps and spread out over all western Europe.

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