The Martyrs of Spain and the Liberators of Holland

The Martyrs of Spain and the Liberators of Holland

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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. 1870 edition. Excerpt: ...applause, confidence of the nobles--we wondered more as events unfolded themselves, at the insight which seemed from the beginning to have shown him the hollowness of all this; and more still at the self-devoted patriotism and faith which made him risk life and honours for men so little worthy of him. For, as we learned afterwards, and as he knew then, at this very time King Philip and the Duchess were steadily devising his ruin. In less than two years the confederacy of nobles had scattered right and left; in less than a year the citizens of Antwerp, enraged at his opposing their will in a course which would have been their destruction, presented pistols at his breast. What marvel that one who saw, by some mysterious means, the secret papers of King Philip, and saw, moreover, into the secret heart of the hollow world around him, was wrinkled and worn with care at thirty! The wonder was, that seeing what he saw, he did not become a misanthrope, but yet felt his country worth living and dying for. Surely he must have learned that lesson from Him who knew what is in man, and yet laid down His life for man. ILLIAM THE SILENT was wanted everywhere--at Antwerp; in his own government of Holland and Zealand; at Brussels, where the Duchess Margaret demanded his presence, to defend her against the confederate nobles. At length, sorely against his own judgment, he was constrained to leave the city before the I 5th of August, the Great Festival of the Assumption of the Virgin, on which an outbreak was much dreaded. The calm of his presence seemed, however, still to rest on the city, and during the day no act of violence was committed. The numbers of the Protestants in Antwerp far exceeded those of the adherents of the old religion. Unhappily for us, more

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  • Paperback | 100 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236809149
  • 9781236809148