National Life and Thought of the Various Nations Throughout the World; A Series of Addresses

National Life and Thought of the Various Nations Throughout the World; A Series of Addresses

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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. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ...II., who was as great a genius in the organisation of the internal administration and in his legislative activity as he was on the field of battle. and was at last blotted out by the fearful massacre of Stockholm by Christian II. of Denmark, in the blood of six hundred of some of the best men of Sweden. It was not, however, without benefit to the country eventually, because it brought to the fore in the persons of the great Stures a family that was to give to the country some of the most famous men of the world. Gustav Wasa was the first of these. After many miraculous escapes from the persecutors of Christian II. he succeeded, by the bravery of the Franklins of the province of the Dalarne, in driving out the Danes and making himself master of the situation at home, and securing his election to the throne in 1523. We should have to go far afield in history to find such a true father of his country as this wonderful man. By prudence and firmness he overcame all internal troubles, destroyed the power of the hierarchy, and established the Reformation, caused the Bible to be translated, checked the aristocracy, and linked it to the crown by judiciously according it a share in the spoils of the dissolved monasteries and other confiscated Church properties. He had to fight with rebellious subjects, and he conquered and won their loyalty. He fought the Hanseatic league, then in the prime of its commercial insolence; he had to battle with Russia, and out of both struggles he came victorious. When he had ruled as elected king for twenty-one years, the Rigsdag of Wadstena made the succession hereditary in his family in both lines male and female. The property of the crown was largely increased, the exchequer enriched, the laws relating to taxes, ..show more

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  • Paperback | 168 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 313g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236786289
  • 9781236786289