The Encyclopaedia Britannica; A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General Literature, with New Maps and Original American Articles by Eminent Writers Volume 12

The Encyclopaedia Britannica; A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General Literature, with New Maps and Original American Articles by Eminent Writers Volume 12

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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. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...peror himself gave it as his opinion that it had been clearly pruved by many witnesses that the accused had taught many pernicious heresics, and that even should he recant he ought never to be allowed to preach or teach again or to return to Bohemia, but that should he refuse recantation thero was no remedy but the stake. During the next four weeks no effort was spared to shake the determination of Huss; but the spirit of the martyr rose within him as he saw his end approaching, and he steadfastly refused to swerve from the path which conscience had once made clear. "I write this," says he, in a letter to his friends at Prague, " in prison and in chains, cxpecting tomorrow to receive sentence of death, full of hope in God that I shall not swerve from the truth, nor abjuro errors imputed to me by false witnesses." The sentence he expected was pronounced on July 6 in the presence of the emperor and a full sitting of the council; once and again he attempted to remonstrate, but in vain, and finally he betook himself to silent prayer. After he had undergone the ceremony of degradation with all the childish formalities which are usual on such occasions, his soul was formally consigned by all those present to the devil, while he himself with clasped hands and uplifted eyes revercntly committed it to Christ. He was then liandcd over to the secular arm, and ininicdiately led oil' to tho place of execution, the council meanwhile proceeding nnroncernedly with the rest of its business for 'the day..l=iny touching incidents recorded in the histories ariako manifest the meekncss, fortitude, and even cheerful ness with which he went to his dreadful death.fJ-After he' had been tied to the stake and the faggots had...show more

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  • Paperback | 1092 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 54mm | 1,905g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236960629
  • 9781236960627