John L. Stoddard's Lectures; Illustrated and Embellished with Views of the World's Famous Places and People, Being the Identical Discourses Delivered During the Past Eighteen Years Under the Title of the Stoddard Lectures Volume 6

John L. Stoddard's Lectures; Illustrated and Embellished with Views of the World's Famous Places and People, Being the Identical Discourses Delivered During the Past Eighteen Years Under the Title of the Stoddard Lectures Volume 6

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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. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...Josephine. In a little square, adjoining the Imperial Palace, stands the bronze equestrian statue of another famous sovereign of Austria, --Joseph II., son of Maria Theresa. Few men have been actuated by nobler motives than he, and few have been more cruelly disappointed in the execution of their plans. In Joseph's case the difficulty lay in the fact that he was in advance of his time. All the great reforms which he endeavored to inaugurate, such as the emancipation of the serfs, religious freedom, reduction of taxation, met with relentless opposition from both his clergy and nobility, and the Hungarian magnates openly threatened insurrection. Accordingly, in 1790, Joseph found himself compelled to revoke his proposed reforms, and confess that his noble aspirations and endeavors had ended in disastrous failure. Always delicate in health, he never recovered from the blow, and, in a few weeks, sank into an untimely grave. The lives of few European sovereigns present a more interesting study than that of Joseph II. In the performance of his public duties he worked as hard as Frederick the Great, whom, though the enemy of Austria, he greatly admired. In summer he usually rose at five, and in winter at six. Then, slipping on a dressing-gown, he would attend to his accumulated despatches until nine o'clock, when he stopped for a frugal breakfast. He then dressed and went to the audience-chamber. Here he was not only accessible to all, but, being well-acquainted with the tyranny of Court underlings, he used to go at regular intervals into the corridor, outside his audience-room, to personally ascertain if any one who wished to see him had been refused admission. He is said to have never kept any one waiting with whom he had made an appointment. At about...show more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236554647
  • 9781236554642