Permanent bonds of culture began to be formed between the extreme East and the extreme West of Europe by intermarriage, by commerce, by the admission of the nobles of Byzantium within the orders of chivalry.
Generally speaking, it has been my ambition to write as a good old nurse will speak when she tells fairy tales.
Certainly there is abundant evidence of the early transmission by literary means of a considerable number of drolls and folk-tales from India about the time of the Crusaders.
The Celtic folk-tales have been collected while the practice of story-telling is still in full vigour, though there is every sign that its term of life is already numbered.
The great problems of the Twentieth century will have immediate relation to the discoveries of America, of Africa, and of Australia.