A.D. 1514-1547

A.D. 1514-1547

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ...deliverance from the pains of a future life (that is, as they understood it, the pains of purgatory) by bestowing large bequests on ecclesiastical corporations, with the condition that constant prayers were to be offered for their suffering souls. In these various ways, the monastic corporations CHAP VI But evils were springing out of this wealth Monasteries attacked by House of Commons A.d. 1410 became the recipients of immense gifts and bequests, very frequently in land: and the accumulation of property in the hands of one class, and that a class to which peculiar rights belonged, became a serious question for those on whom the responsibility of government rested. Many other farseeing persons also saw that a public wrong was being wrought under the cover of the most excellent motives and objects; while even popular opinion occasionally burst out in an ignorant resistance to something which was felt to be doing an injury to the commonwealth, though in what manner might not be clearly understood. Hence arose popular outcries against the wealth of the Church at large, such as that of which Wickliffe was the head in the fourteenth century, and which his followers, the Lollards, kept up long afterwards. Hence also arose fierce attempts on the part of the House of Commons to confiscate the whole of the possessions of the Church, a well authenticated instance of which is recorded as occurring in 1410.' 3 This is recorded by Stow in his Annals, p. 338, ed. 1615, and by Hollingshed in his Chronicles, vol. iii. p. 536, ed. 1587. But a more full account of the transac-tion--a very wild and absurd one by the bye--is given in one of the Lansdowne MSS. as follows: --Billa porrecta parliamento pro tem-po ralibua extra manus religioso-rum capiendis xj. anno...show more

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  • Paperback | 186 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 340g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236538692
  • 9781236538697