The History of Modern Europe; From the Fall of Constantinople, in 1453, to the War in the Crimea, in 1857 Volume 2

The History of Modern Europe; From the Fall of Constantinople, in 1453, to the War in the Crimea, in 1857 Volume 2

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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. 1861 edition. Excerpt: ...Duke of Anjou, shows that they were still inclined to be governed by a prince. The whole proceeding was managed by the regular assembly of the States, as if in the ordinary course of business; and so far from sanctioning 7 The act, which was drawn up by S" Al-is entitled to be styled one of the founders degonde, is in Dumont, t. T. pt. i. p. 413 sqq. of the Dutch republic, has been written The life of Marnix de Ste Aldegonde, who by Quinet. Chap. IX. DOCTRINE OF THE SOVEREIGN PEOPLE. 311 a democracy, such as that attempted by Imbize and Ryhove, the divine right of kings was acknowledged by the Act8, and afterwards by the envoys of the States at the Diet of Augsburg in 1582. In fact, it is remarkable that the doctrine of the sovereignty of the people was first broached, not by the Protestants, but by the Jesuits and the high Catholic party. It formed part of their theory of the omnipotence of the Pope, who alone reigned by divine right, and that only in his spiritual capacity. Bellarmine was the first who attempted to establish this doctrine logically and systematically. He maintained that the people had an indefeasible right to resume the government and alter its forms; and this view became the prevailing doctrine of all the Jesuit schools, and was by none more emphatically taught than by the Spanish theologians Suarez and Mariana.9 It was of course levelled against heretical sovereigns such as Edward VI. and Queen Elizabeth in England, and Henry IV. in France. Thus the ingenuity of casuists is able to pervert the most sacred principles, and to apply for the enslavement of mankind those very maxims which in a proper sense assure their liberty. A few days before the Act of Abjuration was published, the Prince of Orange accepted more

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  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 16mm | 531g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236605675
  • 9781236605672