Excerpt from Essays on Archaeological Subjects, Vol. 2 of 2: And on Various Questions Connected With the History of Art, Science, and Literature in the Middle Ages To people who were conquering and colonizing, no science would be more attractive than that of geo graphy, especially when they were at the same time receiving a new faith, founded on events which had occurred in countries far distant from their own homes. Many circumstances which have escaped the ravages of time, show us how much attention was paid by the Germanic conquerors to geography in the dark ages immediately following the overthrow of the Western Empire. Even the song of the bard ap pears to have been most welcome when it told of the different countries through which he had wandered. The fragment which has been published, under the title of the Traveller's Song, is one of the most re markable relics of early anglo-saxon poetry. At a later period than that to which this piece evidently belongs, in the beginning of the eighth century, we learn from the letters of Boniface that, among the manuscripts then brought continually from the con tinent into this island, our anglo-saxon forefathers were particularly desirous of possessing treatises on cosmography.
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