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BODLEIAN

3) AUG 939

KIBRARY

GILBERT & Rivington, Printers, St. John's Square, London. SUMMARY.

CHAPTER 1.

Effects of the thirst after justice—Devotion included imitation as well as prayer-The view taken by modern historians-General character of the middle ages in relation to justice—Their peculiar merit—The satirists and censors— Tendency of the ancient works of fiction—The number of the just not revealed by history

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CHAPTER II.

Historic difficulties opposed to its discovery–What kind of evidence may be had- Incidental testimonies-Tone of literature-Tendency of the confraternities, and of chivalrous orders-Legislation and government of the ancient Catholic state- Direct testimonies-Justice of men in different ranks; general views taken by ancient writers

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CHAPTER III.

Domestic manners-Filial and parental duties-Fidelity of dependents -Sanctity of marriage-Justice in relation to property-HospitalityDomestics--Feudal life and its rural exercises—Whole families composed of saints—The women of the ages of faith-Character of female piety in Catholic countries—The conventual life of nuns, and its influence on domestic manners-The Recluses-Origin of the cloistral life of women-The convent of the middle ages-Learning of the nunsMoral and social condition of women in ages of faith contrasted with pagan times-Women of the Catholic type a new creation-Judgment of the holy fathers-Influence of women in respect to justice-The Catholic lady, her justice and charity-The erudition and political importance of some in the middle ages—Their heroic virtue-The maternal character-Modesty and grace of daughters; their employments and recrea

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