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HISTORY OF ALFRED THE GREAT," ETC.
TRANSLATED WITH THE AUTHOR'S SANCTION,
BY E. C. OTTÉ.
MACMILLAN AND CO.
BENJAMIN THORPE, ESQ.
ONE OF THE MOST LEARNED CULTIVATORS
OF THE ANCIENT HISTORY AND LANGUAGE OF ENGLAND
The following Pages are Dedicated
WITH EVERY FEELING OF SINCERE REGARD
PREFACE TO THE TRANSLATION.
The following “ Pictures of Old England” were originally sketched by the author, with the view of more clearly illustrating to his own countrymen his “ History of England in the Middle Ages,"* a work that is admitted by all who are capable of forming an opinion on the question, to be characterized by impartial truthfulness and by indefatigable industry in the research of minute documentary evidence. The materials which were necessarily accumulated by Dr. Pauli during the progress of such a composition, afforded him the ready means of elaborating, in a popular form, this series of vivid sketches of the men and institutions of the good old times in the days of the Plantagenets. It will be
* Geschichte von England, vols. III. IV. V. Hamburg u. Gotha, 1853, 1855, 1858. These volumes are a continuation of Dr. Lappenberg's work, which has been translated, with additions and corrections, by Mr. Thorpe, under the titles of " A History of England under the Anglo-Saxon Kings,” 2 vols. 1845; and “ A History of England under the Norman Kings,” 1857.