HAVE sometimes wondered if every one realizes
how startingly independent and isolated a historical
fact is to the young reader. It has happened
before his remembrance, and that alone is enough to put
it into another world. It is outside of his own experience.
It has appeared to him by no familiar road, but from unknown regions
The object of this book is to bring together stories
of the most important movements in the history of Europe during
the Middle Ages, and to make familiar the names of the most important
figures in those scenes. I have endeavoured to weave a tapestry
in which, with due colour, may be traced the history of the rise and
fall of the various nationalities and the circumstances and mode of
life of each—in short, to give the young reader an approximation
to the background for the study of his country's history which
a wide reading gives to a man.
EVA MARCH TAPPAN