The Gospel in Bohemia, Sketches of Religious History

The Gospel in Bohemia, Sketches of Religious History

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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. 1877 edition. Excerpt: ...for carrying out the plan of action. One of the principal actors in this well-laid scheme was a Jesuit of low origin, named Paul Michna. His zeal for the house of Austria and the cause of the pope, and his active spirit of intrigue, had raised him to rank and influence; he had been among the first consulted as to the measures to be taken. He advised delay, because, as he said, the banished nobles might take a good deal of property out of the country with them. The first step must be, therefore, to deprive them of their goods. In accordance with this plan, after the surrender of Prague, the soldiers had been permitted to plunder the houses of the nobles and rich citizens; and, as much valuable property had been stored up in the city, as in a place of safety, the army reaped a rich harvest. Heavy contributions were then levied on the inhabitants; and they were compelled to support the army for a considerable time at their own expense. Some few were induced to renounce the faith, in hopes of beinc freed from these impositions. Promises were made to that effect, which were not kept; and on the sufferers complaining, the Jesuits were ready with their answer: "We are treating you," they said, "like children or fools, who must be coaxed with kind words and promises, which we may not choose to keep, to give up a knife or other dangerous weapon they may have laid hold of. We have done this in care for your souls; and now you should show your gratitude to the conqueror by more zealously contributing your.money and support to the soldiers." The kingdom had been, by this means, nearly stripped of gold and silver. The emperor then issued a coinage made of a mixture of silver and gold, which was widely circulated, that the common...show more

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  • Paperback | 52 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236819624
  • 9781236819628