A History of the Fall of the Roman Empire; Comprising a View of the Invasion & Settlement of the Barbarians Volume 2

A History of the Fall of the Roman Empire; Comprising a View of the Invasion & Settlement of the Barbarians Volume 2

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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. 1834 edition. Excerpt: ...strike terror into all others. Hincmar, archbishop of Hheims, took upon himself to prove that, even though Theutberge should have been guilty of incest before her marriage, it was not a sufficient reason for pronouncing sentence of divorce. We cannot follow out the history of the different counT cils, which alternately dissolved the marriage of Theutberge, and forced Lothaire to take her again. We shall pass over the details of this scandalous affair, which for fifteen years occupied the attention of all Christendom. We need scarcely say, that the forced union of Lothaire and Theutberge increased the hatred and resentment of each towards the other. Lothaire ceased not to solicit permission to repair to Rome, to explain and justify his conduct; whilst Nicholas I., who then occupied the papal throne, haughtily refused his request. Theutberge, on her side, petitioned to be allowed to separate herself from a husband whom she rendered miserable, and with whom she could enjoy no happiness. The reply of pope Nicholas was as follows: --" We are equally astonished at the expressions contained in thy letters, and in the discourses of thy deputies, and at remarking so complete a change in thy style and in thy demands. We do not forget that in former times thou laidst before us nothing of the like kind. Every body attests to us that thou art borne down by an unceasing affliction, by an intolerable oppression, by a hateful violence; whilst thou, on the contrary, affirmest that no one constrains thee when thou demandest to be stripped of the royal dignity. As to the testimony thou offerest in favour of Walrade, declaring that she had been the lawful wife of Lothaire, it is of no avail that thou labourest to establish this point. No one needs thy...show more

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  • Paperback | 110 pages
  • 188.98 x 246.13 x 5.84mm | 213.19g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236975855
  • 9781236975850