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CEIAPTER IX.

PRELIMINARY CHAPTER.

waRTON’s observation on THE INTEREST ATTACHED TO THE PROGRESS OF

SOCIAL LIFE. - IT APPLIES MORE CLOSELY TO OUR AGE THAN TO THAT OF WARTON. — THE LITERATURE OF SOCIETY DATES MOST DISTINCTLY FROM THE PERIOD SUCCEEDING THE WARS OF THE ROSES. - ORIGIN OF ROMANTIC FICTION. IT PASSES FROM AFRICA. INTO SPAIN AND BASSE BRETAGNE. CONNEXION OF BRETAGNE WITH WALES AND CORNWALL. — SIMILARITY OF DIALECT. - SCARCITY OF BOOKS. - THE ATTENTION PAID THEREFORE TO MINSTRELS BY THE HIGHER CLASSES. - THEIR PRIVILEGES.—RICHARD COEUR DE LION. - THE ANECDOTE OF HIS CAPTIVITY..—THE ROMANCE FOUNDED ON HIS NAME AND EXPLOITS. – WRITTEN By ROBERT DE BBUNNE.—EXTRACT FROM THAT POEM.

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