To the End of the Reign of Louis the Fifteenth

To the End of the Reign of Louis the Fifteenth

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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. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...attempts of Marguerite to save him, he was burnt at the stake in Paris April 22, 1529, meeting his dreadful doom with perfect heroism. Throughout France religious fanaticism and clerical hate lit the fires of persecution. Hundreds of innocent men, women, and children lost their lives, thousands languished in foul dungeons, other thousands were tortured, branded, publicly flogged; and other thousands fled the country to escape the danger. The eulogists of Francis I. have claimed for him that he encouraged learning and protected scholars. In fact, more than one scholar who had come to France at his invitation was given over to the malice of religious persecution; and, in 1534, this royal friend to learning issued a decree abolishing printing, "that means of propagating heresies." No book was to be printed "on pain of the halter." Six weeks later, however, even Francis became ashamed of his decree, and suspended it. ' At the very moment when the French monarch was persecuting to the death every Reformer in France and was enacting a death penalty against any one who should print a book, he was exerting himself to win over the Protestants in Germany with the cry of conciliation and harmony. We have already seen how Charles VIII., on his way to Italy, hanged a Vaudois by way of prelude. The Vaudois, sometimes called Waldensians, lived in the Piedmontese valleys of the Alps. They were a simple, honest, pastoral people, leading industrious lives, harming nobody, and paying their taxes with regularity. They paid tithes to the Catholic Church, but recognized no authority save that of the Scriptures. In a luckless hour for these virtuous people, they listened to the Reformers of Germany and Switzerland, who reproached them...show more

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  • Paperback | 194 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 354g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236818644
  • 9781236818645