From the Reign of Edward IV. to the Reign of Edward VI

From the Reign of Edward IV. to the Reign of Edward VI

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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. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ... of royalty as represented by Henry, and since that time no one has pretended to approve of it, still less of his rapacity. But at all events, he was a layman, and represented in that.respect the laity. And though in his time the laity was represented by royalty, the time was coming, and was perhaps already foreseen, when the laity would have their own representatives, when popular representation would no longer be a name, a fiction, and a form, but a tremendous reality; and in those days, whenever this should come, it was foreseen that parliament, not the crown, would dictate the faith and worship of the nation, i. e., of the state (which in those days was deemed to mean the same thing); and then all the power manifested by a tyrannical monarch would be wielded by a triumphant people. It is thus, and thus only, that we can account for the assent or acquiescence which Henry's atrocious measures received from the great body of the intelligent part of the nation. It cannot be conceived that they had any sympathy with the tyranny and rapacity of Henry; well they foresaw that the work he was doing in his tyranny would 'never be undone, and would lay the basis for a new state of things, and they excused his rapacity as they excused his tyranny. What was the nature of the spiritual supremacy then assumed and asserted by the crown? That it was something quite difierent from anything The statutes which contain the multitude of objects above alluded to, must necessarily fill a considerable space, ever before assumed and asserted I at all events formally and avowedly) must be manifest from the very fact that it was so assumed and asserted; for there could be no necessity for the assumption and assertion of any power or prerogative...show more

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  • Paperback | 262 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 472g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236783565
  • 9781236783561