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ART. 1. The History of France from the first Establishment of
that Monarchy to the present Revolution. In Three Volumes. 8vo. 1458 pages. Price 18s. in boards. Kearsley. 1790.
BEFORE the appearance of this publication a considerable link was wanting, to general readers, and especially to young persons, in the great chain of history. In the English language there was no history of France which a modern reader could peruse with satisfaction. The public are therefore certainly obliged to the anonymous author of this production, for afford ing them information which was not easy to be obtained by the majority of readers; and the publication is peculiarly feafonable at this period, when the affairs of France are so much the subject of general conversation.
The first pages of this history are occupied by a brief, but perspicuous detail of the origin and enterprises of the Franks, previous to the reign of Clovis. The conquests of that monarch, who was originally a petty chief of a tribe of Franks, and his conversion to christianity are next recounted. By the united efforts of valour and policy, Clovis, it is well known, poffefsed himself by degrees of the whole of the northern part of Gaul, which had been divided among the Visigoths, Alemanni, and other barbarian invaders. The Visigoths, with Alaric at their head, were unable to withstand the force and ability of the victorious Frank, but his progress was stopped by Theodoric, king of the Astrogoths. Clovis, however, in these wars, added Aquitain, from the Pyrenees to the Loire, to his former acquisitions. His career was crowned by the honour of being appointed consul of Rome; in the last year of his reign he reformed and published the famous Salic laws; and in su he died at Paris, in the 45th year of his age, and 30th of his reign. The character of Clovis is worthy of an extract: Vol. I. p. 16. VOL. VIII. N° I,