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35 II. A.D. 918-1272. By T. F. ToUT, M.A., Professor of History at Victoria University, Manchester.

,, III. A.D. 1272-1494. By R. LODGE, M.A., Fellow and Tutor ~ of Brasenose College, Oxford.

,, IV. A.D. 1494-1598. By A. H. Johnson, M.A., sometime Fellow of All Souls’ College, and or Historical Lecturer to Merton, Trinity, and University Colleges, Oxford.

33 V. A. D. 1598-1715. By H. O. WAKEMAN, M.A., Fellow of All Souls’ College, and Tutor of * Keble College, Oxford.

, VI. A.D. 1715-1789. By A. HAssaLL, M.A., Student and * Tutor of Christ Church, Oxford.

,, VII. A.D. 1789-1815. By H. MoRSE STEPHENs, M.A., Balliol College, Oxford. 6s.

,, VIII. A.D. 1815-1893.

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AUTHOR'S PREFACE

IN spite of the very modest scale on which this book has been written, I trust that it may be of some use to students of European History. Though there are several excellent monographs in existence dealing with various sections of the period 476–918, there is no continuous general sketch in English which covers the whole of it. Gibbon's immortal work is popularly supposed to do so, but those who have read it most carefully are best aware that it does not. I am not acquainted with any modern English book where the inquirer can find an account of the Lombard kings, or of the Mohammedan invasions of Italy and Sicily in the ninth century, or of several other not unimportant chapters in the early history of Europe. I am in hopes, therefore, that my attempt to cover the whole field between 476 and 918 may not be entirely useless to the reading public.

I must acknowledge my indebtedness to two living W

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