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Thirteenth: Greatest of Centuries

James Joseph Walsh (1865-1942)

1. 01 - INTRODUCTION, THE THIRTEENTH, THE GREATEST OF CENTURIES
2. 02 - UNIVERSITIES AND PREPARATORY SCHOOLS
3. 03 - WHAT AND HOW THEY STUDIED AT THE UNIVERSITIES
4. 04 - THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS AND DISCIPLINE
5. 05 - POST-GRADUATE WORK AT THE UNIVERSITIES
6. 06 - THE BOOK OF THE ARTS AND POPULAR EDUCATION
7. 07 - ARTS AND CRAFTS—GREAT TECHNICAL SCHOOLS
8. 08 - GREAT ORIGINS IN PAINTING
9. 09 - LIBRARIES AND BOOKMEN
10. 10 - THE CID, THE HOLY GRAIL, THE NIBELUNGEN
11. 11 - MEISTERSINGERS, MINNESINGERS, TROUVÈRES, TROUBADOURS
12. 12 - GREAT LATIN HYMNS
13. 13 - THE THREE MOST READ BOOKS
14. 14 - SOME THIRTEENTH CENTURY PROSE
15. 15 - ORIGIN OF DRAMA
16. 16 - FRANCIS, THE SAINT—THE FATHER OF THE RENAISSANCE
17. 17 - AQUINAS, THE SCHOLAR
18. 18 - LOUIS, THE MONARCH
19. 19 - DANTE, THE POET
20. 20 - THE WOMEN OF THE CENTURY
21. 21 - CITY HOSPITALS—ORGANIZED CHARITY
22. 22 - GREAT ORIGINS IN LAW
23. 23 - JUSTICE AND LEGAL DEVELOPMENT
24. 24 - DEMOCRACY, CHRISTIAN SOCIALISM AND NATIONALITY
25. 25 - GREAT EXPLORERS AND THE FOUNDATION OF GEOGRAPHY
26. 26 - GREAT BEGINNINGS OF MODERN COMMERCE
27. 27 - 14 CHAPTERS THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN

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It cannot but seem a paradox to say that the Thirteenth was the greatest of centuries. To most people the idea will appear at once so preposterous that they may not even care to consider it. A certain number, of course, will have their curiosity piqued by the thought that anyone should evolve so curious a notion. Either of these attitudes of mind will yield at once to a more properly receptive mood if it is recalled that the Thirteenth is the century of the Gothic cathedrals, of the foundation of the university, of the signing of Magna Charta, and of the origin of representative government with something like constitutional guarantees throughout the west of Europe. The cathedrals represent a development in the arts that has probably never been equaled either before or since. The university was a definite creation of these generations that has lived and maintained its usefulness practically in the same form in which it was then cast for the seven centuries ever since. The foundation stones of modern liberties are to be found in the documents which for the first time declared the rights of man during this precious period.