Joseph Hawley's Criticism of the Constitution of Massachusetts

Joseph Hawley's Criticism of the Constitution of Massachusetts

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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. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...the gait, Peter, and Matthew of Aiello, the chief of the notaries.3 The dealings of the rebellious vassals with the heir apparent, Roger, in their efforts to depose the king had prevented William I from associating his eldest surviving son with him in the kingship during his life time. It had even prevented him from conferring upon him the duchy of Apulia with which it was becoming customary to designate the heir to the throne. It was this lack of formal recognition of William II as heir as well as the dread of revolt, that caused the queen and her counsellors to withhold the news of the death of William I until after the great barons had been summoned to court and had acknowledged William II as king.4 After the funeral and the period of mourning for the late king were over, William II was escorted by the clergy and the barons to the cathedral of Palermo and there crowned by Romoald, the archbishop of Salerno. The good looks, youth, and innocence of the young king called forth a great outburst of loyalty and enthusiasm; for even the enemies of the late king recognized that William II was in no way responsible for his father's unpopular acts.5 The queen, in order that the new reign might be peaceful and popular, sought to conciliate the people and the barons. She not only carried out the provisions of her husband's will, but was lavish in the distribution of her favors. She released many prisoners, both in Sicily and on the mainland. She gave orders that the oppressive "redemption"6-should no longer be collected. Many counts and barons were recalled from exile and their possessions restored to them, while lands were liberally distributed to the churches, counts, barons and knights.7 Although the queen still kept her...
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  • Paperback | 86 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 168g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236880935
  • 9781236880932