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propriety attempt to trace to the forests of Germany all the subtleties of the scholastic philosophy (and which arose in the same age as the courts of Love), as to claim for their inhabitants that reverence and adoration of the female sex which has descended to our own times. This deference to female rights and the establishment of an equality between the sexes have in their origin been wholly independent of love as a passion, (whose language in all ages and among all nations has been the same,) and are manifestly the offspring of that dispensation, which has purified religion of every sensual rite, and which, by spiritualizing all our hopes and wishes of a future existence, has shed the same refining influence on our present institutions: “L’amour de Dieu et des dames” was not a mere form.

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VOL. I. Page. Author's Preface.......................... - - - - - - - - - - %; Editon's Preface ....................... . . . . . . . . . . . . . (11)

DissERTATIon I.

Of the Origin of Romantic Fiction in Europe

Note by the Editor on the Lais of Marie de France .... lxxiv
Note by the Editor on the Saxon Ode on the Victory of

Athelstan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . lxxxvii

Dissertation II.

On the Introduction of Learning into England. . . . . . . . . . . . . . ciii

DissERTATIon III.

On the Gesta Romanorum........................ . . . . clxxvii

THE HISTORY OF ENGLISH POETRY.

Section I.

State of Language. Prevalence of the French language before and after the Norman conquest. Specimens of Norman-Saxon poems. Legends in verse. Earliest love-song. Alexandrine verses. Satirical pieces. First English metrical romance .. l

Section II.

Satirical ballad in the thirteenth century. The king's poet. Robert of Gloucester. Antient political ballads. Robert of Brunne. The Brut of England. Le Roman le Rou. Gests

THREE DISSERTATIONS:

1. OF THE ORIGIN OF ROMANTIC FICTION IN EUROPE. 2. ON THE INTRODUCTION OF LEARNING INTO ENGLAND. 3. ON THE GESTA ROMANORUM.

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