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ART. I.--A History of Eton College, 1440–1884. By H. C.
Maxwell Lyte, C.B., Deputy-Keeper of the Records. With illustrations by P.H. Delamotte and others. A new edition, revised and enlarged. London, 1889.
THE.year 1890 is the ninth Jubilee
of the College of Our
Lady of Eton of October, 1440, by King Henry VI. The older foundation of Winchester precedes that of Eton by more than fifty years, and celebrated the conclusion of its fifth century in the year 1887. A continuous life of 450 years, during the whole of which it has held a conspicuous place among English schools, has preserved for Eton a distinction which was at first conferred upon it by its royal origin, its situation under the shadow of Windsor Castle, its great revenues and stately buildings. It is not our intention to catalogue the “Eminent Etonians who have been luminaries in Church and State. The cynic would say that they would have been luminaries in any case, and must have been educated somewhere. The patriotic Etonian loves to trace the common features of his school in the portraits of his famous countrymen, and to believe that the Battle of Waterloo was won in the Playing Fields, and that Pop' was the training ground of orators. At any rate, without affirming that public schoolmen owe all to the school at which they were brought up, or that they owe nothing at all, we may agree that there is something of an oos which distinguishes Eton men from those who have the characteristics of Harrow or Winchester, just as we can commonly discern, after half an hour spent in a man's company, whether he took his degree at Oxford or Cambridge.
Eton has gone through many phases, and it is not always easy to recognize her in all guises. But from early times we think
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