From H W Household’s Reminiscences about Charlotte Mason, courtesy of Charlotte Mason Poetry:
What sort of knowledge? Well, they want to hear of Odysseus and Nausicaa, to read the immortal stories of Herodotus, and Plutarch’s Lives; they want to listen to the tale of Thermopylae and Salamis and to learn how democracy raised Athens to her height of glory and then ruined her, and why; to learn about the majesty and fall of Rome, and the meaning and heritage of both for good and ill; about Merovings and Carolings, Seljuks and Ottomans, about the Crusades and the making of Europe (for he who knows not history, as Cicero said, remains a child); about Buddha and Mohammed; about Rembrandt and Beethoven; about Edmund Spenser, Dr. Johnson, Ruskin and Carlyle; about the wonders of the heavens and the earth, and all the romance of science—which the laboratory too often misses.
Will what an absolute thrill to find this exquisite blog, I share your love of Montaigne and dip in regularly too ! You may remember smallish boys in corduroy knickerbockers ? They greatly enjoyed your time. Now preparing for A levels and GCSEs ! Would love to catch up !
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