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By Henry D. Sedgwick

A SHORT HISTORY OF ITALY. With Maps. Crown 8vo, $2.00 net . Postage 17 cents.

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HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN & CO. BOSTON AND NEW YORK.

A SHORT HISTORY OF ITALY

[Illustration: Map of Italy]

A SHORT HISTORY OF ITALY (476 1900)

BY HENRY DWIGHT SEDGWICK

[Illustration]

BOSTON AND NEW YORK HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN AND COMPANY The Riverside Press, Cambridge

COPYRIGHT 1905 BY HENRY DWIGHT SEDGWICK ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Published November 1905

TO

H. D. S., C. D. S., R. M. S., W. E. S., A. C. S., F. M. S., and T. S.

O passi graviora ... ... forsan et hæc olim meminisse juvabit.

PREFACE

This volume is a mere sketch in outline; it makes no pretence to original investigation, or even to an extended examination of the voluminous literature which deals with every part of its subject. It is an attempt to give a correct impression of Italian history as a whole, and employs details only here and there, and then merely for the sake of giving greater clearness to the general outline. So brief a narrative is mainly a work of selection; and perhaps no two persons would agree upon what to put in and what to leave out. I have laid emphasis upon the matters of greatest general interest, the Papacy, the Renaissance, and the Risorgimento; and my special object has been to put in high relief those achievements which make Italy so charming and so interesting to the world, and to give what space was possible to the great men to whom these achievements are due.

H. D. S. NEW YORK, October 1, 1905.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. THE FALL OF THE EMPIRE IN THE WEST (476 A. D.) 1

II. THE OSTROGOTHS (489 553) 12

III. THE LOMBARD INVASION (568) 23

IV. THE CHURCH (568 700) 31

V. THE COMING OF THE FRANKS (726 768) 40

VI. CHARLEMAGNE (768 814) 49

VII. FROM CHARLEMAGNE TO NICHOLAS I (814 867) 57

VIII. THE DEGRADATION OF ITALY (867 962) 67

IX. THE REVIVAL OF THE PAPACY (962 1056) 79

X. THE STRUGGLE OVER INVESTITURES (1059 1123) 89

XI. TRADE AGAINST FEUDALISM (1152 1190) 102

XII. TRIUMPH OF THE PAPACY (1198 1216) 114

XIII. ST. FRANCIS (1182 1226) 125

XIV. THE FALL OF THE EMPIRE (1216 1250) 133

XV. THE FALL OF THE MEDIÆVAL PAPACY (1303) 145

XVI. LAST FLICKER OF THE EMPIRE (1309 1313) 152

XVII. A REVIEW OF THE STATES OF ITALY (about 1300) 161

XVIII. THE TRANSITION FROM THE MIDDLE AGES TO THE RENAISSANCE 175

XIX. THE INTELLECTUAL DAWN AFTER THE MIDDLE AGES (1260 1336) 182

XX. THE DESPOTISMS (1250 1350) 192

XXI. THE CLASSICAL REVIVAL (1350) 201

XXII. THE ILLS OF THE FOURTEENTH CENTURY 209

XXIII. A BIRD'S EYE VIEW (1350 1450) 218

XXIV. THE EARLY RENAISSANCE (1400 1450) 231

XXV. THE RENAISSANCE (1450 1492) 242

XXVI. THE BARBARIAN INVASIONS (1494 1537) 253

XXVII. THE PAPAL MONARCHY (1471 1527) 267

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