A History of the Scottish People from the Earliest Times; Earliest Times to the Death of Robert Bruce, 1329 Volume 1

A History of the Scottish People from the Earliest Times; Earliest Times to the Death of Robert Bruce, 1329 Volume 1

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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. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ... the exception of a single attempt of the Archbishop of York to impose his supremacy upon Scotland, its church remained untroubled from that quarter during the reign of Malcolm IV. The occasion, indeed, seemed especially opportune, as the archbishop, having been invested with legatine authority by Pope Alexander III., was hopeful that he might be able to extend it over the whole Scottish clergy; but the claim was so decisively rejected that he quietly allowed it to go to sleep. But in the reign of William it was resumed, and under circumstances that promised full compliance. The Scottish king had been taken prisoner, and to obtain his liberation had been compelled to become the liegeman of Henry II. The kingdom being thus deprived of its independence through the vassalage of the sovereign, a similar demand was made upon the liberties of its church, and to this David, his brother, and the Scottish barons had been obliged to yield. Nothing was now wanting but the assent of the Scottish clergy, and a deputation of their highest dignitaries was sent to the place of conference to ratify their part of the treaty. But while they ostensibly assented, they secured their independence by agreeing that the English church should hold the same authority over that of Scotland "which of right it ought to have." By these vague terms, by this most flexible of conditions, all and nothing was promised, and the question was left open as before to a controversy of history and tradition. It seems passing strange that the Anglican church should have been satisfied with such specious generalities, more especially as these had been her own favourite weapons during the whole course of this clerical war. But none are so easily deceived as deceivers themselves, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 250 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 454g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236551931
  • 9781236551931