Historical Essays and Studies

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Historical Essays and Studies
by John Acton
A 1907 collection of Acton's work. All articles save "The Causes of the Franco-Prussian War" were previously published in periodicals. Page scans are available.

HISTORICAL


ESSAYS & STUDIES

BY

JOHN EMERICH EDWARD DALBERG-ACTON

First Baron ACTON

D.C.L., LL.D. , ETC. ETC.

REGIUS PROFESSOR OF MODERN HISTORY IN THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE



EDITED BY

JOHN NEVILLE FIGGIS, M.A.

SOMETIME LECTURER IN ST. CATHARINE'S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE

AND

REGINALD VERE LAURENCE, M.A.

FELLOW AND LECTURER OF TRINITY COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE




MACMILLAN AND CO., LIMITED

ST. MARTIN'S STREET, LONDON

1907

CONTENTS
PAGE
I. Wolsey and the Divorce of Henry VIII. 1
II. The Borgias and their Latest Historian 65
III. Secret History of Charles II. 85
IV. The Civil War in America 123
V. The Rise and Fall of the Mexican Empire 143
VI. Cavour 174
VII. The Causes of the Franco-Prussian War 204
VIII. The War of 1870 226
IX. George Eliot's Life 273
X. Mr. Buckle's Thesis and Method 305
XI. Mr. Buckle's Philosophy of History 324
XII. German Schools of History 344
XIII. Talleyrand's Memoirs 393
XIV. The Life of Lord Houghton 414
XV. A History of the Papacy during the Period of the Reformation 426
XVI. A Short History of Napoleon the First—The First Napoleon: A Sketch, Political and Military 442
XVII. Mabillon et la Société de L'Abbaye de Saint-Germain-des-Prés à la Fin du XVII Siècle 459
XVIII. A History of England, 1837-1880 472
XIX. A History of the French Revolution 491
XX. Wilhelm von Giesebrecht 496
Appendix Letter to Bishop Creighton 503
Index Index 509