PT. 1. Ancient and Modern History

PT. 1. Ancient and Modern History

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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. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ... Ireland was entirely subdued, and treated like a conquered country. The estates of the vanquished were bestowed upon the victors, and those who were most attached to the royal cause died by the hands of the common executioner. Cromwell, who governed with all the authority of:1 king, convoked several parliaments; but, as he was always their master, he dissolved them whenever he pleased. He discovered all the plots that were formed against him, and prevented many insurrections. The peers were wholly excluded from his parliaments and lived in obscurity on their respective estates. He had the address to prevail on one of these parliaments to make him a tender of the royal dignity, in 1656, that he might refuse it, and by that means more effectually secure his real power. He resided in the royal palace, where he lived a retired and gloomy life, without the least pomp or extravagance. General Ludlow, who was his lieutenant in Ireland, relates, that when the protector sent his son, Henry Cromwell, over to that kingdom, he sent only one servant to attend him. He was always of a morose disposition: he was sober, temperate, saving, though not greedy of another's possessions; he was diligent and punctual in all public affairs. By his dexterous management he kept well with all sects; he did not persecute either those of the Romish communion, or of the Church of England, who now hardly dared to show their heads: he had chaplains of all parties: he was an enthusiast with the fanatics, now called the Presbyterians. whom he had cheated, subdued, and no longer feared; and would laugh at them, with the deists. placing confidence only in the independents, who could not exist but through him. By this conduct he preserved to his last hour an more

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  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 268g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236879716
  • 9781236879714