Essays on Some Modern Works; Chiefly Biographical

Essays on Some Modern Works; Chiefly Biographical

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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. 1876 edition. Excerpt: ... any overwhelming sense, like poor Adrian "VI., of a weight of responsibility too great for him to stand up under without staggering. To him his path seemed unmistakable, his duty clear, his power to do it immeasurable, and he felt no more hesitation or difficulty about doing it than an upright judge has in laying down the law in a case where it is abundantly clear. He started on his course resolute, unbending, nothing doubting. If uncertainty might seem to rest for a moment on any point, he turned to his books, his decretals, his ruled cases; found the matter laid down in such and such wise, and--had the decision involved the destruction of half the human race--would forthwith have driven his Juggernaut-car of papal law straight on, with unmisgiving heart and mind." It was said of him by his great antagonist that 'Paul V. was from his earliest years given up to and nourished on those studies which have no other scope than the securing of the spiritual and temporal power of the entire world to the Roman Pontiff, and the aggrandisement of the clerical order by withdrawing it from the power and jurisdiction of secular princes, by raising it above the monarchs of the earth, and by making all secular persons secondary to it in all privileges and advantages." Though the Papacy, as an instrument of mischief, in its interference with civil government, was as bad as it had ever been, it had greatly improved in the purity of its exterior. The popes had become "respectable, and Rome decent." Whatever may have been the vices of Paul V., they were not those which had stained and desecrated the tiara in the century that preceded his career. He had neither the gross licentiousness of a Borgia, nor the restless malice of Sixtus IV., nor...show more

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  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 172g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236523571
  • 9781236523570