Jun 23, 2008

The Quote Shelf

Medieval text with Latin script A frequent feature on this site; feel free to comment on the quote or to supply a competing quote.

The biographical approach to history exemplified in 'Life and Times of So and So' is generally admitted to be suspect, owing to the temptation to exaggerate the importance of the 'Life' in relation to the 'Times.'
-- C.R. Boxer, The Portuguese Seaborne Empire 1415-1825, in reference to Sebastião José de Carvalho e Melo, Marquis of Pombal, a likely exception to the historiographical rule he described.

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