But just at the moment dons present a very different spectacle ; they are intensely absorbed in their own pathological symptoms and spend hours a week with their psycho-analysts ; they despair of pure scholarship and spend their evenings, when they ought to be in senior common room, tapping out articles for the popular Press; they cannot be kept within the bounds of their own colleges but scour the country in motor-cars to address strike meetings and protest about foreign politics. There is plenty of history and topography ; plenty of those loose generalisations and comparisons which other people attempt so disastrously to imitate ; plenty of good jokes. Moreover, as a critic lately remarked, he has written for men in an age when the reading public is pre- dominantly female. For there was greatness in Canute even though he did bear the brutish name of Knud until it was softened and tamed into pronounceable form: but, then, his mother was a Slav and men inherit from their mothers. We are not intended to measure our mortality, and to plan a contrast of this kind deliberately is a mechanised and artificial way of treating life; for life should rather be taken as it comes, and lived in continuity, remaining all the while identical with itself.
If they cannot get the drawings made direct on stone, they should cut down the number, raise the price, -or just make up their mind to lose on the book —but anyway employ collotype or a kindred process. Their mighty twin memorials seem the greater for lifting up on either side of the little church which was set between them and the earliest walls of which belong to the first Christian temple of the Danes: Gorm, as is fitting, on the right, Thyra on the left, and for 500 years the Mass which he defied and which she secretly favoured was sung between them: but to-day no more. The author believes that British antagonism towards Poland was based on ignorance. No doubt it will be true again, for it is in the nature of a ruling class to be domineering and, when it ceases to be, there is a change 'in its components ; so Nazi officials take the places of junkers, and commissars of courtiers. A deeply religious Catholic, Belloc wrote considerably about his faith, and throughout his literary career he was concerned with the problems of social reform. For that is the purport of such things.
Publishers red cloth, gilt title to spine, spine ends and corners with very minor bumping, else a very nice, unread copy, near fine. Belloc was still waiting to be paid by this anti-Polish loser. It filtered slowly and with setbacks. Educated in Birmingham before voluntarily serving his military term of service in France, Belloc then returned to England to study History at Baliol College, Oxford, where he graduated with a First class degree. He was one of the most prolific writers in England during the early twentieth century.
Wells, George Bernard Shaw, and G. With every people of Europe outside the old limits of the Roman Empire there is a moment of origin to be discerned, a moment in which it passed out of the formless mist of barbaric paganism into the fixed culture of Christendom: a moment in which there came to it for the first time in sufficient strength the formative institutions of our civilisation, writing and record, the monastic centres, permanent building, and also, and above all, the kernel of the whole affair, the Mass. He points out that the Polish crown was elective at the hands of the nobility. And I cannot understand his statement about the Bosphorus closing the westward traffic of Syria. Illustrated dust jacket, some soiling, as usual, very minor shelf wear at edges and corners, top back cover with repair to verso, but not noticeable to recto, couple tiny clean tears at bottom back cover, inside bottom flap price-clipped, else this is still a really nice jacket.
Candor on British anti-Polish Attitudes. Belloc was closely associated with Chesterton, and Shaw coined the term Chesterbelloc for their partnership. It is the line of what is to-day the Kiel Canal. Such a mood gave him power, and he was recognised all over the North—attempting a shadowy general realm, to include England with the Baltic. Warre's illustrations are charming, even in reproduction, but there is really no excuse for publishers, nowadays, with the, excellent technical processses at their command, to illus- trate books with half-tone blocks of pencil drawings ; the clay face paper alone in a book with- a great many pictures renders it disagreeable to handle, and there is no nastier -line existing that the little smudges of grey dots which the photo- graphic screen produces. Yet is that name quite forgotten and even the meaning of those wars. British Complicity in the Partitions of Poland Author Hilaire Belloc, a French-born British-French writer, described his travels to the Scandinavian nations and Poland.
In due time the Emperors destroyed it, but they never really mastered the Islanders nor their Jutland mainland beyond the dyke, though they had behind them all the tradition of Charlemagne and his Gallic and Roman forces. And in that sharp glimpse much more than the things immediate to the eye and more even than the people concerned me, for they provoked in me, as travel always does, other thoughts, and other memories, and other speculations in a train of reflection and feeling, so that the whole little business when written down became a hotch-potch which the reader, if he will bear with it, must take or leave according to his mood. Writing on everything from poetry to war and travel in between, Belloc has been called one of the Big Four of Edwardian Letters, along with H. . There were Bishops at last, in Ribe and in Sleswig, nearest to the Empire; though the Islanders, the Danes, mistrusted the Empire which stood for constructive order and might cut short their piracies and dry up the stream of loot—the gold and silver which the raiders brought back from happier places. The new port of Gdynia had been so successful that, in his words, Gdynia leaves Dantzig dry. Much of the chapter on Poland is from the viewpoint of the tourist.
Jelling § He that would concern himself with the Danes must begin with Jelling, in Jutland, whence their story springs. The framework of Denmark was formed. They lived and moved by boats and sails. They would have changed, but I much more; and it would be fascinating to explore the change. The northern Germans were already half civilised—but the Danes were not overrun nor pacified nor fully of the Faith for a hundred years and more; the twin mounds of Jelling stood guardian of the Pagan past.
Hilaire Belloc 1870- 1953 was born in La Celle-Saint-Cloud, France, and raised in England. It is the immortal soul of man challenging mortality. Belloc's Return to the Baltic is a discursive essay, in his- best style. My review focuses on the latter, and is based on the 1938 edition of this book. Belloc was closely associated with Chesterton, and Shaw coined the term Chesterbelloc for their partnership.
Forty-three years ago, in the year 1895, I set out with a companion for Scandinavia—Sweden and back by Denmark—not Norway—a brief but intense experience vividly remembered. It will grow ; ' of that I am certain, because the things he attacks are eternal, as are the standards by which he judges them. No Englishman suffers, or enjoys, this disability so much as Mr. When he first went to Oxford he found English scholarship hideously germanised ; he found scholars who were pedantic, vain and aloof. He was a noted disputant, with a number of long-running feuds, but also widely regarded as a humane and sympathetic man. His opinions have been consistent, robust, ironic, sane ; in his youth they seemed revolutionary, today they seem reactionary.