Excerpt from Goetz Von Berlichingen With the Iron Hand: A Drama in Five Acts
There were, however, a few of the nobles who kept aloof from all leagues; who, being strong enough to defend their own castles and possessions, would not unite themselves with any association which required them to relinquish their Individual independence, or acknowledge another superior beside the Emperor; They therefore made enemies Of both parties. The higher nobility considered their independence a mere pretence to conceal their connexion with the free booting barons; while these, on the other hand, view ed their Opposition to their League as an Open deola ration Of hostility, and assaulted and pillaged them whenever an Opportunity presented itself.
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