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PART III - THE PAST
CHAPTER IV - GEMISTUS PLETHO

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'I'he Princess Asanina, wife of the last Imperial Governor of Mistr~, had no reason to love Gemistus. The old man had once called her a nasty little thing, and other things besides expression expression bien irreverencieuse,' remarks the French editor, ` ne filt-elle meme pas appliquee a une princesse.' It was into her hands that the manuscript of the new religion fell ; and, when she was carried by the Turks to Constantinople, she carried it with her. Instead of destroying it, she sent it to Gennadius, remarking that it was a shocking book. Gennadius returned it, saying it was indeed shocking, and that the fact of its being so interesting only made it all the worse. He advised the Princess to burn it at once ; the Church would applaud her. Both parties were strikingly deficient in zeal ; they seem to have been positively unwilling to destroy a book which they took to be a work of genius. Gennadius, though now Patriarch of Constantinople, received his salary from the Turkish government ; and the Princess Asanina was now one of the Sultan's mothersin-law. In such circumstances, their orthodoxy may well have relaxed. No one would mind if they let the matter pass. The Princess again sent the manuscript to Gennadius ; she wished to have no more responsibility. Gennadius, after some hesitation, burnt it-with the exception of some extracts left to show how bad it was. The result is that quite enough of it survives ; and there is no difficulty in listening to the message of Gemistus, should we choose to do so.
The work, which bears the Platonic title of The Laws, opens with a promise of sanity that is not fulfilled. With grave pity Gemistus reviews the diverse opinions by which men are distracted in their pursuit of happiness. Some believe in knowledge or in virtue ; others despise them ; some put their trust in religious ceremonial ; others reject it ; none agree about it ; some think an anchorite holy ; others that a husband or a father is still holier. Even about the gods men are uncertain whether there are any, what they are, or in what relation they stand to men. How can we hope to attain happiness while such bewilderment remains ? Let us attempt first to dispel it ; and by so doing we

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