MANDELL CREIGHTON, D.D,, D.C.L., LL.D., etc.
SOMETIME BISHOP OF LONDON
LONGMANS, GREEN, AND CO.
39 PATERNOSTER ROW, LONDON
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HIS OLD PUPILS
I DEDICATE THIS BOOK IN THE HOPE
THAT IT MAY SPEAK TO THEM WITH HIS VOICE,
AND THAT HISTORY MAY BE
TO THEM AS IT WAS TO HIM
A LIVING STUDY,
GIVING TO THEM ALSO
NOT ONLY REVERENCE FOR THE PAST BUT GUIDANCE
FOR THE FUTURE.
Of the lectures in this volume those on Saint Edward the Confessor, the Picturesque in History, Heroes, and Elizabethan London have already appeared in the Cornhill Magazine, and I have to thank the Editor for kind permission to reprint them here. I have also to express my thanks to the Syndics of the Cambridge University Press, to the Curators of the Oxford University Chest, and to the Rev. Dr. A. J. Mason and the Rev. Professor W. E. Collins, for kind permissions to include in this volume the Rede lecture, the Romanes lecture, and the lecture on Laud's Position in the History of the Church of England. The two former were published at the time of their delivery, and the latter appeared in the volume issued for the Archbishop Laud Commemoration. The other lectures have never been published. Those on the Friars, Bishop Grosseteste and his Times, the English Church in the Time of Elizabeth and the Study of a Country are printed from the reporter's notes as they were delivered. Though naturally less finished productions than the others, they give a very good idea of Dr. Creighton's manner of popular lecturing. His inaugural lecture as Dixie Professor of Ecclesiastical History, which is here printed for the first time, shows what history meant to him, and what he tried to make it mean to others. To him its living interest lay in the fact that he saw everywhere when he looked into the past "the working of great elemental forces, which are common to human society at all times". What he cared to note in every age, whether past or present, was "the thing that was accomplished, the ideas which clothed themselves with power".