English Literature, Considered as an Interpreter of English History Designed as a Manual of Instruction
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English Literature, Considered as an Interpreter of English History Designed as a Manual of Instruction

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  • English Literature, Considered as an Interpreter of English History.
    • Designed as a Manual of Instruction.
    • Henry Coppée, LL.D., President of the Lehigh University.
      • Second Edition. Philadelphia: Claxton, Remsen & Haffelfinger. 1873.
    • Second Edition. Philadelphia: Claxton, Remsen & Haffelfinger. 1873.
    • To the Right Reverend William Bacon Stevens, D.D., LL.D., Bishop Of Pennsylvania.
    • Preface
    • Contents
      • Chapter I.
        • The Historical Scope of the Subject.
      • The Historical Scope of the Subject.
      • Chapter II.
        • Literature a Teacher of History. Celtic Remains.
      • Literature a Teacher of History. Celtic Remains.
      • Chapter III.
        • Anglo-Saxon Literature and History.
      • Anglo-Saxon Literature and History.
      • Chapter IV.
        • The Venerable Bede and the Saxon Chronicle.
      • The Venerable Bede and the Saxon Chronicle.
      • Chapter V.
        • The Norman Conquest and Its Earliest Literature.
      • The Norman Conquest and Its Earliest Literature.
      • Chapter VI.
        • The Morning Twilight of English Literature.
      • The Morning Twilight of English Literature.
      • Chapter VII.
        • Chaucer, and the Early Reformation.
      • Chaucer, and the Early Reformation.
      • Chapter VIII.
        • Chaucer (Continued).—Reforms in Religion and Society.
      • Chaucer (Continued).—Reforms in Religion and Society.
      • Chapter IX.
        • Chaucer (Continued).—Progress of Society, and of Language.
      • Chaucer (Continued).—Progress of Society, and of Language.
      • Chapter X.
        • The Barren Period Between Chaucer and Spenser.
      • The Barren Period Between Chaucer and Spenser.
      • Chapter XI.
        • Spenser and the Elizabethan Age.
      • Spenser and the Elizabethan Age.
      • Chapter XII.
        • Illustrations of the History in the Faerie Queene.
      • Illustrations of the History in the Faerie Queene.
      • Chapter XIII.
        • The English Drama.
      • The English Drama.
      • Chapter XIV.
        • William Shakspeare.
      • William Shakspeare.
      • Chapter XV.
        • William Shakspeare (Continued).
      • William Shakspeare (Continued).
      • Chapter XVI.
        • Bacon, and the Rise of the New Philosophy.
      • Bacon, and the Rise of the New Philosophy.
      • Chapter XVII.
        • The English Bible.
      • The English Bible.
      • Chapter XVIII.
        • John Milton, and the English Commonwealth.
      • John Milton, and the English Commonwealth.
      • Chapter XIX.
        • The Poetry of Milton.
      • The Poetry of Milton.
      • Chapter XX.
        • Cowley, Butler, and Walton.
      • Cowley, Butler, and Walton.
      • Chapter XXI.
        • Dryden, and the Restored Stuarts.
      • Dryden, and the Restored Stuarts.
      • Chapter XXII.
        • The Religious Literature of the Great Rebellion and of the Restoration.
      • The Religious Literature of the Great Rebellion and of the Restoration.
      • Chapter XXIII.
        • The Drama of the Restoration.
      • The Drama of the Restoration.
      • Chapter XXIV.
        • Pope, and the Artificial School.
      • Pope, and the Artificial School.
      • Chapter XXV.
        • Addison, and the Reign of Queen Anne.
      • Addison, and the Reign of Queen Anne.
      • Chapter XXVI.
        • Steele and Swift.
      • Steele and Swift.
      • Chapter XXVII.
        • The Rise and Progress of Modern Fiction.
      • The Rise and Progress of Modern Fiction.
      • Chapter XXVIII.
        • Sterne, Goldsmith, and Mackenzie.
      • Sterne, Goldsmith, and Mackenzie.
      • Chapter XXIX.
        • The Historical Triad in the Sceptical Age.
      • The Historical Triad in the Sceptical Age.
      • Chapter XXX.
        • Samuel Johnson and His Times.
      • Samuel Johnson and His Times.
      • Chapter XXXI.
        • The Literary Forgers in the Antiquarian Age.
      • The Literary Forgers in the Antiquarian Age.
      • Chapter XXXII.
        • Poetry of the Transition School.
      • Poetry of the Transition School.
      • Chapter XXXIII.
        • The Later Drama.
      • The Later Drama.
      • Chapter XXXIV.
        • The New Romantic Poetry: Scott.
      • The New Romantic Poetry: Scott.
      • Chapter XXXV.
        • The New Romantic Poetry: Byron and Moore.
      • The New Romantic Poetry: Byron and Moore.
      • Chapter XXXVI.
        • The New Romantic Poetry (Continued).
      • The New Romantic Poetry (Continued).
      • Chapter XXXVII.
        • Wordsworth, and the Lake School.
      • Wordsworth, and the Lake School.
      • Chapter XXXVIII.
        • The Reaction in Poetry.
      • The Reaction in Poetry.
      • Chapter XXXIX.
        • The Later Historians.
      • The Later Historians.
      • Chapter XL.
        • The Later Novelists as Social Reformers.
      • The Later Novelists as Social Reformers.
      • Chapter XLI.
        • The Later Writers.
      • The Later Writers.
      • Chapter XLII.
        • English Journalism.
      • English Journalism.
    • Chapter I.
      • The Historical Scope of the Subject.
    • The Historical Scope of the Subject.
    • Chapter II.
      • Literature a Teacher of History. Celtic Remains.
    • Literature a Teacher of History. Celtic Remains.
    • Chapter III.
      • Anglo-Saxon Literature and History.
    • Anglo-Saxon Literature and History.
    • Chapter IV.
      • The Venerable Bede and the Saxon Chronicle.
    • The Venerable Bede and the Saxon Chronicle.
    • Chapter V.
      • The Norman Conquest and Its Earliest Literature.
    • The Norman Conquest and Its Earliest Literature.
    • Chapter VI.
      • The Morning Twilight of English Literature.
    • The Morning Twilight of English Literature.
    • Chapter VII.
      • Chaucer, and the Early Reformation.
    • Chaucer, and the Early Reformation.
    • Chapter VIII.
      • Chaucer (Continued).—Reforms in Religion and Society.
    • Chaucer (Continued).—Reforms in Religion and Society.
    • Chapter IX.
      • Chaucer (Continued).—Progress of Society, and of Language.
    • Chaucer (Continued).—Progress of Society, and of Language.
    • Chapter X.
      • The Barren Period Between Chaucer and Spenser.
    • The Barren Period Between Chaucer and Spenser.
    • Chapter XI.
      • Spenser and the Elizabethan Age.
    • Spenser and the Elizabethan Age.
    • Chapter XII.
      • Illustrations of the History in the Faerie Queene.
    • Illustrations of the History in the Faerie Queene.
    • Chapter XIII.
      • The English Drama.
    • The English Drama.
    • Chapter XIV.
      • William Shakspeare.
    • William Shakspeare.
    • Chapter XV.
      • William Shakspeare (Continued).
    • William Shakspeare (Continued).
    • Chapter XVI.
      • Bacon, and the Rise of the New Philosophy.
    • Bacon, and the Rise of the New Philosophy.
    • Chapter XVII.
      • The English Bible.
    • The English Bible.
    • Chapter XVIII.
      • John Milton, and the English Commonwealth.
    • John Milton, and the English Commonwealth.
    • Chapter XIX.
      • The Poetry of Milton.
    • The Poetry of Milton.
    • Chapter XX.
      • Cowley, Butler, and Walton.
    • Cowley, Butler, and Walton.
    • Chapter XXI.
      • Dryden, and the Restored Stuarts.
    • Dryden, and the Restored Stuarts.
    • Chapter XXII.
      • The Religious Literature of the Great Rebellion and of the Restoration.
    • The Religious Literature of the Great Rebellion and of the Restoration.
    • Chapter XXIII.
      • The Drama of the Restoration.
    • The Drama of the Restoration.
    • Chapter XXIV.
      • Pope, and the Artificial School.
    • Pope, and the Artificial School.
    • Chapter XXV.
      • Addison, and the Reign of Queen Anne.
    • Addison, and the Reign of Queen Anne.
    • Chapter XXVI.
      • Steele and Swift.
    • Steele and Swift.
    • Chapter XXVII.
      • The Rise and Progress of Modern Fiction.
    • The Rise and Progress of Modern Fiction.
    • Chapter XXVIII.
      • Sterne, Goldsmith, and Mackenzie.
    • Sterne, Goldsmith, and Mackenzie.
    • Chapter XXIX.
      • The Historical Triad in the Sceptical Age.
    • The Historical Triad in the Sceptical Age.
    • Chapter XXX.
      • Samuel Johnson and His Times.
    • Samuel Johnson and His Times.
    • Chapter XXXI.
      • The Literary Forgers in the Antiquarian Age.
    • The Literary Forgers in the Antiquarian Age.
    • Chapter XXXII.
      • Poetry of the Transition School.
    • Poetry of the Transition School.
    • Chapter XXXIII.
      • The Later Drama.
    • The Later Drama.
    • Chapter XXXIV.
      • The New Romantic Poetry: Scott.
    • The New Romantic Poetry: Scott.
    • Chapter XXXV.
      • The New Romantic Poetry: Byron and Moore.
    • The New Romantic Poetry: Byron and Moore.
    • Chapter XXXVI.
      • The New Romantic Poetry (Continued).
    • The New Romantic Poetry (Continued).
    • Chapter XXXVII.
      • Wordsworth, and the Lake School.
    • Wordsworth, and the Lake School.
    • Chapter XXXVIII.
      • The Reaction in Poetry.
    • The Reaction in Poetry.
    • Chapter XXXIX.
      • The Later Historians.
    • The Later Historians.
    • Chapter XL.
      • The Later Novelists as Social Reformers.
    • The Later Novelists as Social Reformers.
    • Chapter XLI.
      • The Later Writers.
    • The Later Writers.
    • Chapter XLII.
      • English Journalism.
    • English Journalism.
  • English Literature
    • Chapter I.
      • The Historical Scope of the Subject.
        • Literature and Science.
      • Literature and Science.
    • The Historical Scope of the Subject.
      • Literature and Science.
    • Literature and Science.
    • Chapter II.
      • Literature a Teacher of History. Celtic Remains.
        • The Uses of Literature.
      • The Uses of Literature.
    • Literature a Teacher of History. Celtic Remains.
      • The Uses of Literature.
    • The Uses of Literature.
    • Chapter III.
      • Anglo-Saxon Literature and History.
        • The Lineage of the Anglo-Saxon.
      • The Lineage of the Anglo-Saxon.
    • Anglo-Saxon Literature and History.
      • The Lineage of the Anglo-Saxon.
    • The Lineage of the Anglo-Saxon.
    • Chapter IV.
      • The Venerable Bede and the Saxon Chronicle.
        • Biography.
      • Biography.
    • The Venerable Bede and the Saxon Chronicle.
      • Biography.
    • Biography.
    • Chapter V.
      • The Norman Conquest and Its Earliest Literature.
        • Norman Rule.
        • Other Principal Latin Chroniclers of the Early Norman Period.
        • Other Norman Writers of the Twelfth Century.
      • Norman Rule.
      • Other Principal Latin Chroniclers of the Early Norman Period.
      • Other Norman Writers of the Twelfth Century.
    • The Norman Conquest and Its Earliest Literature.
      • Norman Rule.
      • Other Principal Latin Chroniclers of the Early Norman Period.
      • Other Norman Writers of the Twelfth Century.
    • Norman Rule.
    • Other Principal Latin Chroniclers of the Early Norman Period.
    • Other Norman Writers of the Twelfth Century.
    • Chapter VI.
      • The Morning Twilight of English Literature.
        • Semi-saxon Literature.
        • Other Writers of the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries, Who Preceded Chaucer.
      • Semi-saxon Literature.
      • Other Writers of the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries, Who Preceded Chaucer.
    • The Morning Twilight of English Literature.
      • Semi-saxon Literature.
      • Other Writers of the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries, Who Preceded Chaucer.
    • Semi-saxon Literature.
    • Other Writers of the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries, Who Preceded Chaucer.
    • Chapter VII.
      • Chaucer, and the Early Reformation.
        • The Beginning of a New Era.
      • The Beginning of a New Era.
    • Chaucer, and the Early Reformation.
      • The Beginning of a New Era.
    • The Beginning of a New Era.
    • Chapter VIII.
      • Chaucer, (Continued.)—Reforms in Religion and Society.
        • Historical Facts.
      • Historical Facts.
    • Chaucer, (Continued.)—Reforms in Religion and Society.
      • Historical Facts.
    • Historical Facts.
    • Chapter IX.
      • Chaucer (Continued.)—Progress of Society, and of Languages.
        • Social Life.
        • Other Writers of the Period of Chaucer.
      • Social Life.
      • Other Writers of the Period of Chaucer.
    • Chaucer (Continued.)—Progress of Society, and of Languages.
      • Social Life.
      • Other Writers of the Period of Chaucer.
    • Social Life.
    • Other Writers of the Period of Chaucer.
    • Chapter X.
      • The Barren Period Between Chaucer and Spenser.
        • The Study of Greek Literature.
        • Other Writers of the Period.
      • The Study of Greek Literature.
      • Other Writers of the Period.
    • The Barren Period Between Chaucer and Spenser.
      • The Study of Greek Literature.
      • Other Writers of the Period.
    • The Study of Greek Literature.
    • Other Writers of the Period.
    • Chapter XI.
      • Spenser and the Elizabethan Age.
        • The Great Change.
      • The Great Change.
    • Spenser and the Elizabethan Age.
      • The Great Change.
    • The Great Change.
    • Chapter XII.
      • Illustrations of the History in the Faerie Queene.
        • The Faerie Queene.
        • Other Writers of the Age of Spenser.
      • The Faerie Queene.
      • Other Writers of the Age of Spenser.
    • Illustrations of the History in the Faerie Queene.
      • The Faerie Queene.
      • Other Writers of the Age of Spenser.
    • The Faerie Queene.
    • Other Writers of the Age of Spenser.
    • Chapter XIII.
      • The English Drama.
        • Origin of the English Drama.
        • Other Dramatic Writers before Shakspeare.
      • Origin of the English Drama.
      • Other Dramatic Writers before Shakspeare.
    • The English Drama.
      • Origin of the English Drama.
      • Other Dramatic Writers before Shakspeare.
    • Origin of the English Drama.
    • Other Dramatic Writers before Shakspeare.
    • Chapter XIV.
      • William Shakspeare.
        • The Power of Shakspeare.
      • The Power of Shakspeare.
    • William Shakspeare.
      • The Power of Shakspeare.
    • The Power of Shakspeare.
    • Chapter XV.
      • William Shakspeare, (Continued.)
        • The Grounds of His Fame.
        • Other Dramatic Writers of the Age of Shakspeare.
      • The Grounds of His Fame.
      • Other Dramatic Writers of the Age of Shakspeare.
    • William Shakspeare, (Continued.)
      • The Grounds of His Fame.
      • Other Dramatic Writers of the Age of Shakspeare.
    • The Grounds of His Fame.
    • Other Dramatic Writers of the Age of Shakspeare.
    • Chapter XVI.
      • Bacon, and the Rise of the New Philosophy.
        • Birth and Early Life of Bacon.
      • Birth and Early Life of Bacon.
    • Bacon, and the Rise of the New Philosophy.
      • Birth and Early Life of Bacon.
    • Birth and Early Life of Bacon.
    • Chapter XVII.
      • The English Bible.
        • Early Versions of the Scriptures.
      • Early Versions of the Scriptures.
    • The English Bible.
      • Early Versions of the Scriptures.
    • Early Versions of the Scriptures.
    • Chapter XVIII.
      • John Milton, and the English Commonwealth.
        • Historical Facts.
      • Historical Facts.
    • John Milton, and the English Commonwealth.
      • Historical Facts.
    • Historical Facts.
    • Chapter XIX.
      • The Poetry of Milton.
        • The Blind Poet.
      • The Blind Poet.
    • The Poetry of Milton.
      • The Blind Poet.
    • The Blind Poet.
    • Chapter XX.
      • Cowley, Butler, and Walton.
        • Cowley and Milton.
        • Samuel Butler.
        • Izaak Walton.
        • Other Writers of the Age.
      • Cowley and Milton.
      • Samuel Butler.
      • Izaak Walton.
      • Other Writers of the Age.
    • Cowley, Butler, and Walton.
      • Cowley and Milton.
      • Samuel Butler.
      • Izaak Walton.
      • Other Writers of the Age.
    • Cowley and Milton.
    • Samuel Butler.
    • Izaak Walton.
    • Other Writers of the Age.
    • Chapter XXI.
      • Dryden, and the Restored Stuarts.
        • The Court of Charles II.
      • The Court of Charles II.
    • Dryden, and the Restored Stuarts.
      • The Court of Charles II.
    • The Court of Charles II.
    • Chapter XXII.
      • The Religious Literature of the Great Rebellion and of the Restoration.
        • The English Divines.
        • Other Theological Writers.
        • Diarists and Antiquarians.
      • The English Divines.
      • Other Theological Writers.
      • Diarists and Antiquarians.
    • The Religious Literature of the Great Rebellion and of the Restoration.
      • The English Divines.
      • Other Theological Writers.
      • Diarists and Antiquarians.
    • The English Divines.
    • Other Theological Writers.
    • Diarists and Antiquarians.
    • Chapter XXIII.
      • The Drama of the Restoration.
        • The License of the Age.
        • Tragedy.
      • The License of the Age.
      • Tragedy.
    • The Drama of the Restoration.
      • The License of the Age.
      • Tragedy.
    • The License of the Age.
    • Tragedy.
    • Chapter XXIV.
      • Pope, and the Artificial School.
        • Other Writers of the Period.
      • Other Writers of the Period.
    • Pope, and the Artificial School.
      • Other Writers of the Period.
    • Other Writers of the Period.
    • Chapter XXV.
      • Addison, and the Reign of Queen Anne.
        • The Character of the Age.
      • The Character of the Age.
    • Addison, and the Reign of Queen Anne.
      • The Character of the Age.
    • The Character of the Age.
    • Chapter XXVI.
      • Steele and Swift.
        • Other Writers of the Age.
      • Other Writers of the Age.
    • Steele and Swift.
      • Other Writers of the Age.
    • Other Writers of the Age.
    • Chapter XXVII.
      • The Rise and Progress of Modern Fiction.
        • The New Age.
      • The New Age.
    • The Rise and Progress of Modern Fiction.
      • The New Age.
    • The New Age.
    • Chapter XXVIII.
      • Sterne, Goldsmith, and Mackenzie.
        • The Subjective School.
      • The Subjective School.
    • Sterne, Goldsmith, and Mackenzie.
      • The Subjective School.
    • The Subjective School.
    • Chapter XXIX.
      • The Historical Triad in the Sceptical Age.
        • The Sceptical Age.
        • Other Contributors to History.
      • The Sceptical Age.
      • Other Contributors to History.
    • The Historical Triad in the Sceptical Age.
      • The Sceptical Age.
      • Other Contributors to History.
    • The Sceptical Age.
    • Other Contributors to History.
    • Chapter XXX.
      • Samuel Johnson and His Times.
        • Early Life and Career.
      • Early Life and Career.
    • Samuel Johnson and His Times.
      • Early Life and Career.
    • Early Life and Career.
    • Chapter XXXI.
      • The Literary Forgers in the Antiquarian Age.
        • The Eighteenth Century.
      • The Eighteenth Century.
    • The Literary Forgers in the Antiquarian Age.
      • The Eighteenth Century.
    • The Eighteenth Century.
    • Chapter XXXII.
      • Poetry of the Transition School.
        • The Transition Period.
        • Other Writers of the Transition School.
      • The Transition Period.
      • Other Writers of the Transition School.
    • Poetry of the Transition School.
      • The Transition Period.
      • Other Writers of the Transition School.
    • The Transition Period.
    • Other Writers of the Transition School.
    • Chapter XXXIII.
      • The Later Drama.
        • The Progress of the Drama.
        • Other Humorists and Dramatists of the Period.
        • Other Writers on Various Subjects.
      • The Progress of the Drama.
      • Other Humorists and Dramatists of the Period.
      • Other Writers on Various Subjects.
    • The Later Drama.
      • The Progress of the Drama.
      • Other Humorists and Dramatists of the Period.
      • Other Writers on Various Subjects.
    • The Progress of the Drama.
    • Other Humorists and Dramatists of the Period.
    • Other Writers on Various Subjects.
    • Chapter XXXIV.
      • The New Romantic Poetry: Scott.
    • The New Romantic Poetry: Scott.
    • Chapter XXXV.
      • The New Romantic Poetry: Byron and Moore.
    • The New Romantic Poetry: Byron and Moore.
    • Chapter XXXVI.
      • The New Romantic Poetry (Continued).
        • Robert Burns.
        • Other Writers of the Period.
      • Robert Burns.
      • Other Writers of the Period.
    • The New Romantic Poetry (Continued).
      • Robert Burns.
      • Other Writers of the Period.
    • Robert Burns.
    • Other Writers of the Period.
    • Chapter XXXVII.
      • Wordsworth, and the Lake School.
        • The New School.
      • The New School.
    • Wordsworth, and the Lake School.
      • The New School.
    • The New School.
    • Chapter XXXVIII.
      • The Reaction in Poetry.
        • Tennyson and the Brownings.
        • Other Poets of the Latest Period.
      • Tennyson and the Brownings.
      • Other Poets of the Latest Period.
    • The Reaction in Poetry.
      • Tennyson and the Brownings.
      • Other Poets of the Latest Period.
    • Tennyson and the Brownings.
    • Other Poets of the Latest Period.
    • Chapter XXXIX.
      • The Later Historians.
        • New Materials.
        • Other Historians of the Latest Period.
      • New Materials.
      • Other Historians of the Latest Period.
    • The Later Historians.
      • New Materials.
      • Other Historians of the Latest Period.
    • New Materials.
    • Other Historians of the Latest Period.
    • Chapter XL.
      • The Later Novelists as Social Reformers.
    • The Later Novelists as Social Reformers.
    • Chapter XLI.
      • The Later Writers.
        • Other Novelists.
        • Writers on Science and Philosophy.
      • Other Novelists.
      • Writers on Science and Philosophy.
    • The Later Writers.
      • Other Novelists.
      • Writers on Science and Philosophy.
    • Other Novelists.
    • Writers on Science and Philosophy.
    • Chapter XLII.
      • English Journalism.
    • English Journalism.
    • Index of Authors
      • The End.
    • The End.
    • Footnotes
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