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Hilaire Belloc's best work and#8212; according to the author, as well as most critics and#8212; The Path to Rome is less concerned with Rome itself than with a pilgrim's journey to the Eternal City. A spirited Catholic apologist, Belloc traveled on foot from Toul (near Nancy), France, and crossed the Alps and the Apennines in order to, in his words, "see all Europe which the Christian Faith has saved." Afterward, he turned his pen from his usual polemics to literature, and related in finely crafted prose his myriad experiences with the people he met along the way, as well as his reflections on tradition, politics, landscape, and much else. Throughout, the work abounds in Belloc's inimitable wit and good humor, and displays his profound love for the land, his faith, and his fellow man.
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In this reissue of the 1902 work published by Longmans, Green and Co., New York, Belloc (1870-1953) chronicles his pilgrimage from France to Rome on foot. Going toward his goal of arriving at Saint Peter's Basilica in time for a particular mass, he reflects on the people, places, and adventures he experiences en route. His preface remains witty and the line drawings charming, but a new introduction could have provided welcome context.
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This 1902 memoirand#160;of aand#160;pilgrimage on foot across the Alps and Apennines in order to "see all Europe which the Christian Faith has saved." Includes 77 of the author's original line drawings.
Hilaire Belloc's best work, The Path to Rome is less concerned with Rome itself than with a pilgrim's journey to the Eternal City. A spirited Catholic apologist, Belloc traveled on foot from France, across the Alps and the Apennines in order to "see all Europe which the Christian Faith has saved." Includes 77 line drawings.
When that first Proverb-Maker who has imposed upon all peoples by his epigrams and his fallacious half-truths, his empiricism and his wanton appeals to popular ignorance, I say when this man (for I take it he was a man, and a wicked one) was passing through France he launched among the French one of his pestiferous phrases, 'Ce n'est que le premier pas qui coute' and this in a rolling-in-the-mouth self-satisfied kind of a manner has been repeated since his day at least seventeen million three hundred and sixty-two thousand five hundred and four times by a great mass of Ushers.
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