KATHARINE DOROTHEA EWART VERNON (1870–1956)
Cosimo De' Medici (1899)
A History Of The Oxford Museum (1909) with Vernon, Horace Middleton (1870–1951)
"The writing of this little book arose out of the Jubilee celebration of the Oxford Museum held last year. It was thought that students of the present and future, who enjoy freely the buildings and collections for which their predecessors strove and toiled, might take an interest in hearing something of the chequered history of science in its earlier days in Oxford, and of the founding and completion of the great scientific institution which has now attained its fiftieth year." (Preface)
Italy From 1494 To 1790 (1909)
"THE history of Italy in the period here treated divides itself naturally into two parts, 1494–1559 and 1559–1790. In the former, Italy for a brief space became the focussing point of European History ; whereas in the latter she sank into obscurity, and her affairs were so much in the background, except for a few short intervals between 1690–1748, that in general histories they receive little notice. Therefore, since the events of the earlier years are fully described in numerous accessible works, I have thought it better to deal with them briefly, in spite of their importance, treating them rather as an introduction to the neglected period, about which it is difficult for the ordinary reader to obtain information." (Preface)
"MRS. VERNON has produced a useful book. She saw clearly what she wished to do, and she has done it clearly. Judging rightly that the period from 1494 to 1559 has been frequently told with sufficient detail, she contents herself with describing the main lines of development during those years, and then expatiates on the succeeding two centuries and a half. Even, so it required unusual skill in selection and condensation to bring the story within the space of 370 spaces." (William Roscoe Thayer, The American Historical Review, 10/1909)
Italy, Mediaeval And Modern: A History (1917) with Jamison, Evelyn Mary (1877–1972) Ady, Cecilia Mary (1881–1958) & Terry, Charles Sanford (1864–1936) — Preface by Davis, Henry William Carless (1874–1928)
"IT is no wonder that Italian history should be invested, in the eyes of Englishmen, with a perennial fascination, considering how profoundly we have been influenced at critical stages of our national development by the Italian genius. The catalogue of our obligations is too lengthy to be recited in a preface. A few examples must suffice. It is to an Italian, Gregory the Great, that we owe our Christian faith ; to Benedict of Nursia and to Francis of Assisi we are indebted for interpretations of that faith which have survived the Middle Ages and our own Reformation. It was on Italian soil that English humanists made their first acquaintance with the wisdom of antiquity and the spirit of free thought. Machiavelli first inspired us to reason about the nature and the purpose of the modern State ; Mazzini taught us to respect the idea of nationality. Dante and Petrarch, Ariosto and Tasso, have been accepted models in more than one great age of English poetry. Nowhere have the great Italian artists, from Giotto to Raphael, been better loved or more closely studied than in England.
Our sense of these obligations is reflected in our historical literature, which is full of admirable monographs on particular epochs of Italian history, and on the leaders of Italian religious and political movements. Yet it is strangely difficult to find any general sketch of Italian history, from the barbarian invasions to the present day, which can be recommended as an introduction to more detailed studies. It was to supply this need that the present volume was planned and written. The authors have taken a broad view of their subject. They have devoted considerable space to political and ecclesiastical history because Italy, long before she attained to national unity, was the scene of many fruitful experiments in political and ecclesiastical organization. But they have also called attention to the more remarkable achievements of the Italian spirit in the fields of art and philosophy and science, and the historical conditions which made these achievements possible. Finally, they have traced, so far as it is possible to do so in a text-book, the working of those instincts, deeply rooted in the national history and national character, which from age to age promoted or retarded the cause of national unity.
It is the hope of the writers and the editor that this book may do something to encourage and direct its readers in studying the life-history of the Italian people, with whom our ancestors have been linked for centuries by ties of intellectual and spiritual sympathy, and with whom we are to-day united in defending the liberties of Europe." (Preface)
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