A.D. 1514-1547. 5th Ed

A.D. 1514-1547. 5th Ed

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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. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ...were looked up to as authoritative evidence; but it is one of those notions which must vanish away as soon as historical truth is brought to light. It is quite possible, however, that there may be a point at which the best of human institutions cease to be a benefit to society, at least in the form in But best which they were originally founded. To put this iyiifit in an extreme form, --it would have been folly to have maintained an order of Knights Templars after pilgrimages to the Holy Land had been discontinued; or to maintain the numerous mediaeval hospitals which were provided for lepers in an age when that fearful disease had become almost extinct. establishment of them had conspicuously slackened It may be said, indeed, that such orders as that of cum the Benedictines had nothing of this special character vi, about them, but were suited to all ages; and that it is doubtful whether an active Christianity could ever exist without some such association of men and women into praying and working communities. But, M911 allowing this to be true, it still only goes to the 2,12?' not extent of suggesting what many good men main-all ' hm thought that the monastic system had outgrown its proper bounds, namely, that the dissolution of re-ligious houses went too far, and that some should have been left in every diocese as houses for contemplative devotion, and as centres of active work. The excessive number of monasteries was, in fact, But they the cause of their ruin. A small number existed before the Norman conquest, but nearly twelve hundred (including one hundred hospitals) were founded between that epoch and the Reformation, and as some of them were very large, it is manifest that they must have reached an...show more

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  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 340g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236851641
  • 9781236851642