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HISTORY OF CAMBRIDGESHIRE.

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HISTORY OF CAMBRIDGESHIRE.

BY

REV. EDWARD CONYBEARE,
Vicar of Barrington, Cambs.

LONDON:

ELLIOT STOCK, 62, PATERNOSTER ROW, E.C.

1897.

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§ I.

ORE and more, with the wonderful development in scientific accuracy which is the most marked intellectual characteristic of our age, does the popular treatment of any subject appear weak and superficial. And especially has this come to be the case with regard to history. The application to that study of increasingly scientific methods has brought with it a somewhat undue depreciation of the old picturesque style of representing the past. Minute research, elaborate verification, scrupulous balancing of evidence, critical acquaintance with every rival theory; these are the notes looked for in "up-to-date " historical treatises.

§ 2. Too much of this, however, obviously tends to make a history less "popular"-less of a pleasant book to while away the time withal. And the first object of a popular history is, I take it, to be readable. My aim, in the following pages, has therefore been more especially to make them so; to associate local details with the general outline of English history, and to refer such of my readers as wish to go more deeply into the subject to the various exhaustive works on its various sections, which the industry of other authors has so abundantly provided. At the same time, as will be seen, constant use

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