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Froude's History of England
Charles Kingsley11

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This etext was produced from the 1890 Macmillan and Co.  "Plays and
Puritans and Other Historical Essays" edition by David Price, email
ccx074@coventry.ac.uk 

FROUDE'S HISTORY OF ENGLAND {1} 

by Charles Kingsley 

There appeared a few years since a 'Comic History of England,' duly
caricaturing and falsifying all our great national events, and
representing the English people, for many centuries back, as a mob of
fools and knaves, led by the nose in each generation by a few arch-
fools and arch-knaves.  Some thoughtful persons regarded the book
with utter contempt and indignation; it seemed to them a crime to
have written it; a proof of 'banausia,' as Aristotle would have
called it, only to be outdone by the writing a 'Comic Bible.' After
a while, however, their indignation began to subside; their second
thoughts, as usual, were more charitable than their first; they were

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