An Abridgment of Milner's Church History, for the Use of Schools and Private Families

An Abridgment of Milner's Church History, for the Use of Schools and Private Families

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1826 edition. Excerpt: ...refused to recant their errors. Nine men were burnt; ten women were drowned. But their leader was condemned in a public court of judicature, --to have his blasphemous tongue cut out by the executioner; to be tied to a curricle, and to have two pieces of his flesh torn from his body in the market place, by red hot pincers; then to be torn again in the same manner five times on the road, as he was dragged to the burning pile. This sentence was executed on the nib of May, 1527. Notwithstanding these dreadful narratives, which sufficiently demonstrate the cruel and unrelenting hostility of the Papal hierarchy, there is no doubt but the violence of the war between Francis I. and the emperor, and also the dissensions, between the emperor and the pope, proved extremely favorable to the progress of the Reformation. For though the spirit of persecution was not in the least abated, yet it spent its chief fury on such defenceless individuals, as happened to fall into the cruel hands of bigotted rulers. The three potentates, above mentioned, were themselves beset with too many difficulties in their political affairs to give much serious and steady attention to the business of religion; and their respective interests were often so opposite and perplexed, as entirely to exclude all amicable concurrences in the formation of any general plan for the extirpation of hereby. In effect, it is by reflecting on these jarring interests, with an overruling Providence constantly in the mind, that we are enabled in some measure to account, not only for the mild decree of the diet of Spires, in 1526, but also for the inefficiency of the succeeding attempts of the great Papal powers to stifle the revival of Christian truth and liberty. The pope, no doubt, was sincere..show more

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  • Paperback | 166 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 308g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236831438
  • 9781236831439