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Thus again the Netherlands, for the first time since the fall of Rome, were united under one crown imperial. They had already been once united, in their slavery to Rome. ---->>>

The crusades made great improvement in the condition of the serfs. ---->>>

The history of the Franks becomes, therefore, the history of the Netherlands. ---->>>

The whole territory of the Netherlands was girt with forests. ---->>>

A good lawyer is a bad Christian.

A good lawyer is a bad Christian.

The rise of the Dutch Republic must ever be regarded as one of the leading events of modern times. ---->>>

A third force, developing itself more slowly, becomes even more potent than the rest: the power of gold. ---->>>

Give us the luxuries of life, and we will dispense with its necessaries. ---->>>

The sword - the first, for a time the only force: the force of iron. ---->>>

Wealth brings strength, strength confidence. ---->>>

A soil, exhausted by the long culture of Pagan empires, was to lie fallow for a still longer period. ---->>>

For a century longer, Rome still retains its outward form, but the swarming nations are now in full career. ---->>>

History shows how feeble are barriers of paper. ---->>>

In Gaul were two orders, the nobility and the priesthood, while the people, says Caesar, were all slaves. ---->>>

The gigantic Gaul derided the Roman soldiers as a band of pigmies. ---->>>

The splendid empire of Charles the Fifth was erected upon the grave of liberty. ---->>>

The ferocious inroads of the Normans scared many weak and timid persons into servitude. ---->>>

A terrible animal, indeed, is an unbridled woman. ---->>>

Thus the whole country was broken into many shreds and patches of sovereignty. ---->>>

A new civilization was not to be improvised by a single mind. ---->>>

Enthusiasm could not supply the place of experience. ---->>>

Thus the liberties of Holland and Flanders waxed, daily, stronger. ---->>>

When did one man ever civilize a people? ---->>>

With the Germans, the sovereignty resided in the great assembly of the people. ---->>>

In the tenth century the old Batavian and later Roman forms have faded away. ---->>>


Nationality: American
Born: April 15, 1814
Birthplace: Dorchester, near Boston, Massachusetts
Die: May 29, 1877
Occupation: Historian

John Lothrop Motley (April 15, 1814 – May 29, 1877) was an American author, best known for his two popular histories The Rise of the Dutch Republic and The United Netherlands. He was also a diplomat, who helped to prevent European intervention on the side of the Confederates in the American Civil War (wikipedia)