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CONTENTS.- CHAP. XIV.
The Reformation. Its influence on education
in the sixteenth century
Shakespeare and Bacon
Henry the Eighth
Improved education of the lesser nobility
Domestic architecture of the Middle Ages
Condition of baronial residences
Houses of the gentry
Repression of the barons
Increased power of the Crown .
Disagreements between the Commons and the Crown
Assumption of authority by the Church
Church government :
Royalists and Puritans
Licentiousness of the drama
Peculiar influence of the Reformation
The French Revolution
The English Revolution
Rise of religious freedom
Influence of Wicliff
Religious bias of the northern counties
Advantages of gradual reform
Influence of laws on popular character
Papacy opposed to freedom
Royal edicts against the increase of London
Union of civil and religious freedom
State of manners at the Restoration
The court of Charles I).
Spread of infidelity
Conditio of the Church
Queen Anne's Bounty and other Acts
Abuses of patronage in the Church
The educated Clergy
General disrespect for religion
Venality of statesmen
Settlement of 1688
Power of the Commons
Prerogative of the Crown
Parliamentary corruption introduced by Walpole
Evil results of irreligion.
Immorality of the people
Effeminacy of men of fashion
Two classes of men of fashion
Profligacy of ministers in the early years of George III .
Resumption of power by the Crown
Prevalence of gambling
Manners and education of women
Mode of life in the country
Increase of visitors to London
Establishment of clubs
Places of fashionable amusement
State of the law as to marriage
Cause of clandestine marriages
Religion and morality of the middle classes
Distinction between the urban and rural classes
Manners of the farmers
Slow progress of the agricultural classes
Prevalence of intemperate habits
Luxury of the London middle class
Evasions of the Law
Licentiousness of the people
Nuisances in the streets
Establishment of a system of Police
Scandalous exhibition in the public thoroughfares -
Ascendancy of the Court - Disunion of the Whigs - Desertion
from the Whig Party — Attempt to stop Parliamentary
Reporting — Contumacy of the Printers — Contest with
the City Magistrates — Their Imprisonment in the Tower
- Popular Dislike of Parliamentary Privilege—Waning
Popularity of Wilkes — Character of the Constituencies
- The Whig Party broken up.
Whig Opposition dissolved.
Defection of Wedderburn
Session of 1771-Attempt to exclude parliamentary reporters 93
Col. Onslow's motion against reporters
Contumacy of the printers Wheble and Thompson
Debate on Onslow's motion
Scurrility of the newspapers
Obstinacy of Opposition
Contest between the Commons and the City
Meeting at Lord North's
The Lord Mayor summoned to attend the House .
Mr. Luttrell and Mr. Burke
Lord North's proposal
Arbitrary spirit of the House .
Proceedings of the Lord Mayor
Committal of the Lord Mayor to the Tower
Violence of the mob.
Popular dislike of parliamentary privilege
Allowance of counsel illusory.
Death of the Princess Dowager Her Unpopularity - Po.
litical Maxims of the King - Improved Morality of the
Court — Profligacy of the King's Brothers — Inter-
marriages of the Royal Family - The Introduction of
the Royal Marriage Act - Dr. Nowell's Sermon — Ag-
gression on the Established Church - Petition of the
Political maxims of the King
Princess of Wales
Court of George the Second
Death of Queen Caroline
Loose morals of the Royal Family
Education of George the Third
Death of the Prince of Wales.
Partition of Poland - Political Condition of the Republic ----
Constitution — Intrigues of the Great Powers - Partition
Treaty — Reflections.