. The outline of history : being a plain history of life and mankind. picnic known tohistorians as the Field of the Cloth of Gold(1520). Knighthood was becoming a pic-turesque affectation in the sixteenth cen-tury. The Emperor Maximilian I is stillcalled the last of the knights by Germanhistorians. The election of Charles was secured, itis to be noted, by a vast amount ofbribery. He had as his chief supporters andcreditors the great German business houseof the Fuggers. That large treatmentof money and credit which we callfinance, which had gone out of Europeanpolitical life with the collapse o
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