The history of a series of actions like the Crusades must primarily be based on these accounts, and more particularly on the former: narratives must precede documents where one is dealing, not with the continuous life of an organized kingdom, but with a number of enterprises - especially when those enterprises have been, as in this case, excellently narrated by contemporary writers.
If not, since effect cannot precede cause, cause must precede effect, and there must be an instant when cause is not effective, that is, is not itself.
A great analysis was to precede a great synthesis, but it was the synthesis on which Comte's vision was centred from the first.
A moral transformation must precede any real advance.
In 1778 he was selected chairman of the committee to treat with Lord North's conciliation commissioners, and as such presented the famous report, adopted by a unanimous vote of Congress, which declared that the recognition of independence must precede any negotiations for peace.
After some dispute, he was told that he might climb on to the pilot engine which was to precede the royal train; but his scarlet livery, white gloves and wig suffered so much from soot and sparks that he made no more fuss about his rights in after trips.
Thirty-six poems precede the commentary.
It is accordingly quite possible that a full moon may arrive after the true equinox, and yet precede the 21st of March.
In the order of the sentence the substantive precedes the adjective and the verb stands last; the object and the adverb precede the verb, and the genitive precedes the noun on which it depends - this contrasts with the order in the isolating Chinese, where the order is subject, verb, object.
Roughly speaking, Phrygia comprised the western part of the great central plateau of Anatolia, extending as far east as the river Halys; but its boundaries were vague, 2 and varied so much at different periods that a sketch of its history must precede any account of the geography.
China replied that Korea must be left to reform herself, and that the withdrawal of the Japanese troops must precede negotiations.
In this case the borrowing of the Greek alphabet must long precede any Phoenician record we possess.
It may, however, precede its noun, and a compared adjective generally does so.
A headache precedes the onset of panic disorder.
An adjective will often precede the noun they modify.
An adverb may precede the verb.
Being able to precede an outbreak of hostilities should allow time for the preparation of detailed plans.
Explanations are preceded by an asterisk (* ).
His questions preceded the actual questionnaire.
His speech was preceded by a reception for students representing all the major faiths on campus.
The ground fighting was preceded by a massive aerial bombardment of German communications.
The phone number was preceded by the laboratory prefix.
The phrase was preceded by a comma.
The speech will be preceded by tea at 4 p.m. in the library.
The earth is not a mere fragment of dead history, stratum upon stratum like the leaves of a book, to be studied by geologists and antiquaries chiefly, but living poetry like the leaves of a tree, which precede flowers and fruit--not a fossil earth, but a living earth; compared with whose great central life all animal and vegetable life is merely parasitic.
Attempted drives from east to west--similar to the contrary movements of 1805, 1807, and 1809--precede the great westward movement; there is the same coalescence into a group of enormous dimensions; the same adhesion of the people of Central Europe to the movement; the same hesitation midway, and the same increasing rapidity as the goal is approached.