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The idea of the following Tale was suggested on reading the first volume of Robertson's Charles the Fifth, on the Feudal Policy of Germany; and the picture of moral and political debasement presented in those pages, whether as regards the oppressor or the oppressed. Those revolting distinctions have, however, passed away villein is but a thing that was. But if the old chronicles are to be credited, the monk, whom the author has endeavoured to portray in the course of this tale, was the first who whispered in the ear of an English serf, that slavery was not his birthright.
It may, perhaps, be superfluous to add, that all the legal information scattered through the volume, is strictly correct; and every historical event as nearly so as the machinery of the tale permitted. The critical reader, whose indulgence the writer solicits, will immediately perceive from whence the information has been derived.