History of the War of the Sicilian Vespers Volume 2

History of the War of the Sicilian Vespers 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. 1850 edition. Excerpt: ... shaken by a tremendous earthquake: the eastern flank of the mountain was riven asunder, and from it gushed a stream of lava, which flowed down to the Church of the hermitage of San Stefano, but having reached it, parted into two branches, leaving it untouched.2 A Spanish friar, instead of recounting prodigies concerning the fate of Charles, describes the noble demeanour of the King of Aragon, who, being apprised of it at the siege of Albaracin, exclaimed without any appearance of exultation, that the world had lost one of the most gallant knights it had ever produced.3 On the death of the monarch, Pope Martin proceeded to prevent the disorganization of the kingdom, and provide for the interests of the Church. With, the concurrence of the sacred college, he immediately appointed Cardinal Gherardo the colleague of Artois, denominating them "both bailiffs of the kingdom, deputed to this office by the holy Church of Rome till such time as the Prince of Salerno should be released from captivity, or until the further pleasure of the Pope; an act of subtile policy, admonishing the house of Aragon not to calculate too much on the value of the pledge which they held in their power; and reminding the world of the pretensions of the Pope to the suzerainty of the kingdom of Sicily, of which the throne was considered vacant, and the person of the king doubtful. Hence, the diplomas of the time have been headed variously, and without apparent rule; sometimes with the name of Charles, the eldest son of the Prince of Salerno; sometimes vaguely with that of the heirs and successors of Charles I.; and sometimes with the names of the bailiffs in addition, or even with these latter alone.2 Muratori, R. I. S. vol. xi. p. 164, may be learnt from P. Anselme, Hist....show more

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  • Paperback | 66 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236659414
  • 9781236659415