Critical and Historical Essays — Volume 2 - Thomas Babington Macaulay Macaulay

Critical and Historical Essays — Volume 2

By Thomas Babington Macaulay Macaulay

  • Release Date: 1859-01-01
  • Genre: History


It is, therefore, in the state of moral feeling among the Italians of those times that we must seek for the real explanation of what seems most mysterious in the life and writings of this remarkable man. As this is a subject which suggests many interesting considerations, both political and metaphysical, we shall make no apology for discussing it at some length. During the gloomy and disastrous centuries which followed the downfall of the Roman Empire, Italy had preserved, in a far greater degree than any other part of Western Europe, the traces of ancient civilisation. The night which descended upon her was the night of an Arctic summer. The dawn began to reappear before the last reflection of the preceding sunset had faded from the horizon.