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A. Select Bibliography for the Study, Sources, and Literature of English Mediaeval Economic History. Compiled by a Seminar of the London School of Economics under the Supervision of Hubert Hall, F.S.A. (King & Son, 5*. net.)
THIS useful production is intended as a step towards supplying the present lack of a general bibliography of mediaeval economic history. Conforming to the usual system of " short titles," it gives references to the most important sources of study, the classification being based chiefly on the actual distribution of these sources. Those enumerated include, amongst others, Biblio- graphies of Palaeography, Numismatics, Archaeo- logy, Biography, Genealogy, Topography, and National History ; Inventories of Records official, local, and private ; Museum Catalogues, Printed Books, and other publications, both English and European. References are given to numerous sources of information on special subjects, such as Government, Law, Local Government, Industries, the Church, Social and Physical Conditions, &c.
The volume contains xiii and 350 pp., and has an excellent Index. It should be of value to many besides those students for whose special benefit it has been compiled.
The Cornhill Magazine for April has a selection of extracts made by Miss Evelyn March Philipps from the note-books of the late Lanoe Falconer, which should certainly enhance the admiration already felt for that author by many readers,
- as well as their regret that her literary career
was so abruptly terminated. Miss W. M. Letts has another of her charming Irish articles this one written round ' Knpckmaroon,' an old family home near Dublin. ' Our Army in France in 1814,' by Col. C. E. Callwell, and ' His Last Duty,' by Col. Sir E. T. Thackeray, are
- spirited accounts of military incidents the
former connected with Orthez and Toulouse, the latter narrating a fine piece of service rendered >by a native officer during the Afghanistan troubles of 1879. 'An Old Garden City: in Praise of Bath,' by Mr. Frederic Harrison, is a pleasant piece of writing, in ^yhich the best paragraphs are perhaps those dealing with the compensations enjoyed by dwellers in walled towns in being spared the intervention of straggling suburbs between the town and the real country. Miss Betham- Edwards shows herself as kindly, sym- pathetic, and humorous as she always does in her fresh instalment ' From an Islington Window.' The number begins with ' Narcissus,' a poem by Mr. Robert Bridges, and ends with ' Gerousios Oinos,' a poem found as a " galley-slip " among papers of Browning's purchased in 1913 which belongs to the period of ' Jocoseria ' (1883), but, set up then, was never published.
The Nineteenth Century for April has one article to which though it does not, perhaps, fall within our scope, if that scope is to be very strictly insisted upon we yet desire to draw the attention of our readers : it is Miss A. M. F. Cole's account of ' The Traffic in Worn-Out English Horses.' If only one quarter of what she tells were true, it would be more than sufficient to justify strenuous intervention on the part of every Englishman who has the honour of his country at heart. In commending the subject to the notice of the readers of ' N. & Q.,' we
are appealing to many who will be revolted, not merely as persons of enlightened humanity, but also as knowing what it is to have a horse as their companion and friend in sport or in danger. Mrs. Ady furnishes a highly interesting descrip- tion of ' Roman Gardens of the Renaissance ' ; M. Jusserand has a lively paper drawn from Com- inges's ' Relation de 1'Angleterre en l'anne 1666,' written for Louis XIV., and as yet unpublished, describing England as that French ambassador saw it ; and Sir Ernest Clarke gives us a study worth consideration of ' Oliver Goldsmith as a Medical Man.' Two echoes of bygone fighting are Major T. Bridges's * Battlefield of Waterloo,' and ' Eman Oolla Khan's Story of the Retreat from Cabul in 1841,' contributed by Miss E. Dalhousie Login. Prof. Marcus Hartog's ' Thoughts on Scholarships,' again, is a suggestive contribution to a subject where some readjust- ment is certainly to be desired.
The Fortnightly Review for April is naturally much taken up with current politics. One article of this kind of special interest, and perhaps suffi- ciently distant from ourselves to make a mention of it in ' N. & Q.' not unsuitable, is Mr. J. Ellis Barker's ' Relations between Russia and Germany.' Mr. Daniel Gorrie prints three letters, hitherto unpublished, from Carlyle at Mainhill in the summer of 1819, to John Fergusson, a fellow- student at Edinburgh, who subsequently for nearly thirty years was Rector of the Grammar School of Kelso, where he won the lasting grati- tude and esteem of his scholars. The letters are worth having partly from some measure of intrinsic value, partly as serving further to correct by their tone of peaceful energy misapprehensions as to Carlyle's habits ^-and disposition. Prof. Gerothwohl contributes the laudatory address with which the Queen of Roumania was recently welcomed as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. It is devoted to her poetry.; but the specimens embodied in it only permit us to consider her critic's praises justified on the assump- tion that the poverty of these verses is entirely the translator's fault. Mr. J. F. Macdonald gives a clever account, in ' English Life and the English Stage,' of Mr. Alfred Sutro's ' The Two Virtues,' which is, however, again laudatory rather than strictly critical. ' The Jews as an Economic Force ' by Dr. M. Epstein, is a discussion of Sombart's epoch-making study of Judaism in relation to capitalism, and forms one of the most arresting papers of the number.
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