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  • Title: History of the Middle Ages: Lecture I: Celts, Teutons, and Slavs
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    • study a section of time, upon which many do not care to look back, a
    • a new picture of the world. This evolution led mankind from the
    • Roman Empire, shed its influence over the whole of the Middle Ages;
    • but its origin lay neither in the Roman Empire nor in Germania, but
    • first grasp what it is that flows to us from them. An eminent Roman
    • writer, Tacitus, has preserved for us in his Germania, a
    • picture of that race which settled in the Germany of to-day. He
    • gave them the general name of Germani.
    • folk-soul of these Germanic tribesmen, we are confronted by the
    • difference between them and the Greeks and Romans. In the
    • marks a particular point in human evolution. We saw that
    • Greece a very ancient race, something like the later Germani; these
    • under. This culture of the Greeks, unrivalled in many points; was a
    • culture only possible among conquerors. The Roman Empire is a
    • Germanic characteristic impressed itself, in all its component
    • in the Romans during and in the Germanic before, the
    • consideration. In Spain, France, Ireland and Southern Germany, we
    • their original dwelling-place by the Germani. Then came the Slavs,
    • from the East, and forced the German tribes farther back. Thus we
    • find in the Germani, hemmed in by the other two races, a strong
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  • Title: History of the Middle Ages: Lecture II: Persians, Franks, and Goths
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    • of our own to form such a picture. Tacitus, in his Germania,
    • of the North Germanic legends to complete the account. What Tacitus
    • says about these races is very significant, in contrast to the Roman
    • the name Germani. They, however, felt themselves to be different
    • tribes, and the struggles with the Romans, they were called may
    • expressing it in songs of battle. Tuisco's son was Mannus, after
    • sacred language of the Hindus, the same disignation Manu, for their
    • follow like deities in all the Indo-Germanic tribes. Thus Tacitus
    • by the Germani, bearing among them the name of Irmin. We know that
    • there existed among the southern Indo-Germanic tribes a legend which
    • culture of the Germani at this epoch was akin to the culture we meet
    • see later the development of a culture which in Germany has remained
    • later in Germany, Greece and Russia, probably had their earlier
    • Germani, and further developed by the Celts. Tacitus tells us
    • nothing of the manners and customs of that remarkable race. By the
    • of the Germans in their tribal assemblies, which, however, we must
    • told that the old Germans made their resolutions when drunk in the
    • Among the Germanic
    • northern Germani, there were originally two kingdoms, separated from
    • overlaid by the ice, and brought forth a mighty human form. From
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  • Title: History of the Middle Ages: Lecture III: The Impact of the Huns on the Germans
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    • this race travelled from one end of Europe to the other, so did many
    • the records of the Romans, we find warlike tribes along the Rhine,
    • east we find agriculture and cattle raising among the Germani; and
    • farther still the Romans speak of the tribes in the northeast as of
    • was not, as a rule, human beings, but animals, that were offered up
    • frontiers of the Roman Empire were crossed by various tribes. To
    • the Roman Empire in the southwest, and farther north the Franks, who
    • against the Roman Empire. Thus the Romans, with their highly
    • Germani everywhere, a system of barter still prevailed, among the
    • Romans money transactions had been developed. Trade among the
    • Germani was a matter of exchange; trading with money was still
    • Roman Empire, which they inundated as far as the Danube. Already the
    • Roman Empire was split into an East and West Empire, the former with
    • Byzantium, the latter with Rome, as its capital. The East Roman
    • the domain of the Roman Empire. The Germanic tribe of Vandals
    • Christian Rome, the Germanic races pressed. From this type of
    • Europe. Within it, above all grew up what is commonly called Roman
    • Roman Empire, soon disappeared again, completely, out of History.
    • procedure caused great hardship and could not be permanently
    • resembled one another. Freedom was a common Germanic possession; in
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  • Title: History of the Middle Ages: Lecture IV: Arabic Influence in Europe
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    • expressed in the maxim: Human evolution moves forward in regular
    • and the most important of all result from leaps. Many cases could be
    • forms of society evolve from old ones. From the fact that many men
    • throughout Germany, France, England, Scotland, and as far as Russia
    • these two events had been prepared in the life of the Germani. We
    • the Germani. They condition the evolution of the Middle Ages. It
    • would be useless to follow all the wanderings of the Germani, to see
    • how Odoacer dethroned the last West Roman Emperor, how the Goths
    • regions, where the Gemani found political and industrial conditions
    • Merovingian kingdom. It was actually nothing but many small
    • the Germanic tribes, laws founded on customs evolved in ancient
    • exercised. If another man committed an offence, he was called to
    • the British Isles, many learned men and pious monks were deeply
    • Columba, Gallus and Winfried-Boniface, the converter of the Germans.
    • influence exercised among the East Germani. For this reason, Rome
    • force of the Germani and the spiritual strength of Christianity.
    • itself modified its nature, to adapt itself to the Germani. These
    • were clothed in Germanic dress. Jesus appears as a German duke; his
    • the Roman Church also increased considerably. The Frankish kings
    • They were Aryan Christians. That was why the Roman bishop turned
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  • Title: History of the Middle Ages: Lecture V: Charlemagne and the Church
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    • which will appear as the converging of many significant factors. In
    • after these occurrences, the Germanic tribes came to rest in
    • their ancient institutions, their manners and customs, with them
    • of the former population, partly the Roman colonists or prisoners of
    • the neighbouring German tribes and extended his control in certain
    • village organisation, the old manners and customs, the old Germanic
    • free man and an unfree, paid partly to the family of the murdered
    • man, partly to the justiciary of the canton, and partly to the
    • material culture developed more and more productively. Many Germanic
    • had to dictate his poems to a clergyman and let him read them aloud
    • to him; Hartmann von der Aue boasts, as a special attribute, that he
    • Bruno was a Dominican friar. Their education and that of many
    • Spiritual culture remained undisturbed for the time being; many
    • the full life of the human personality, was the cause of the
    • education of the human race towards freedom.
  • Title: History of the Middle Ages: Lecture VI: Culture of the Middle Ages
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    • Middle Ages is specially important for human study, because it deals
    • have here an interweaving of many factors. In simple circumstances,
    • of the Roman Empire, with its government and administration of
    • Roman Empire had gradually been penetrated and absorbed, came to
    • quite a different position from the Romans; they had remained
    • the Roman population. From it sprang the civil service; hence the
    • influence of the Roman conception of justice. Thus it was in the
    • districts which form the Germany of today, the original Germanic
    • of mankind. All that was changed. The Franks could only think of
    • massing of troops, yet, for the progress of mankind, all these
    • the empire of the Franks and the empire which comprised Germany and
    • those who were left from the Roman population: the higher court
    • question of permanently defending a truth; it was not the age of
    • attacks of assembled professors, students and layman from Paris.
    • which, in these days, a man might attain through a scientific education.
    • different in Germany. There the tribes had remained independent;
    • these Carlovingian rulers became especially clear when the Normans
    • land. These Normans forced their way into the country from the
    • undertaking anything against the Normans. Hence it was easy for an
    • Normans. But the jealousy among the princes was so great that Arnulf
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  • Title: History of the Middle Ages: Lecture VII: France and Germany
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    • Austria and Germany on the other, as it had developed in the 8th,
    • Western Empire was distinguished by the traces left of the old Roman
    • History tells of many
    • Europe. The Normans gave up their incursions, after having again and
    • which was constantly increasing, thanks to the employment of so many
    • intensive that we see the originally rough soul of the Germanic
    • peoples assuming milder manners. Moreover their piety became
    • exercises and pilgrimages, stirred the whole of Germany. The Emperor
    • reform which emanated from Cluny. The influence of the Cluniacs was
    • sway. The harsh struggle between the German emperors and the popes
    • also in human life; the Pope is the Sun, the King is the Moon,
    • relationship to the German crown.
    • bishoprics, the Church could demand a say in the government.
    • over there in China and the East, many things were well-known of
    • which the West had no idea: the manufacture of paper, silk-weaving,
    • humanity. Keep this in mind together with the founding of the
  • Title: History of the Middle Ages: Lecture VIII: From the Middle Ages to the Renaissance
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    • and courts of justice — there was no such thing in Germany. As
    • excommunicated Henry IV, only some of the German princes stood by
    • uneducated, unable to read and write, and of boorish manners. They
    • That which emanated from Rome can be judged in quite different ways.
    • against the club law, of the German tribes. Zeal for spiritual
    • at any rate, came from Rome, and not from the German princes. In
    • this sense we must grasp what Gregory VII wanted, when he demanded
    • savagery of the German territories. Thus the wars of Henry IV
    • externals quite freely; they could take place in Germany, just as
    • there were a great many with nothing to do, who were ready for any
    • if it struck the right chord. Many thought to find salvation through
    • mediaeval phenomenon; here we have to do with many intangible
    • Hitherto, Germany in
    • general had remained almost unknown to the Romance countries; now
    • established in Germany. Now, for the first time the influence of
    • those who think to see, in what human thinking achieves, mere blind
    • significant that the first inquisitor in Germany, Conrad of Marburg,
    • teacher and thinker, Albertus Magnus (1193–1280). He was a man
    • Manufactures flourish, and guilds are formed. NO longer need the
    • artisan stop beneath the oppression of the lords of the manor, as
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