The Philosophical Works, Publ. by David Mallet Volume 3

The Philosophical Works, Publ. by David Mallet Volume 3

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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. 1754 edition. Excerpt: ...expectations either in his own time, or in that of his successors, either in promoting the grandeur, or in securing the peace, of the empire. The emperor was the bub ble of this bargain. That which Per-m and' CHARLEs the great made with the church, already cstablished and powerful, was better, and in some degree the reverse of the other. Their advantages in this alliance were immediate, as well as those of the pope: and who should improve them most was left to the skill and management of their suctcssors, In the mean while, if they could not ' ' then, cheat one another, they bantered the rest of the world egregiously. The pope gave the title of king to PEPIN, and that of emperor to CHARLEs. These princes gave temporal dominion to the pope, and raised the opinion of his spiritual dignity and authority as high, as the examples they affected to give of reverence and submission could raise it. Thus, by fortifying his usurpations, they strengthened their own: and whilst we admire the conquests whereby CHARLEs extended his empire and that of the pope together, it is impossible not to laugh when we figure to ourselves the two usurpers kneeling to one another, the emperor asking the bleffing of a man he made head of the church, the pope acknowledging the imperial sovereignty in a man he made head of the empire, and each bestowing most generoufly what neither of them had any right to give. As these alliances were made on principles of human policy, and dictated by private interest alone, they were kept accordingly. CHARLEs the great seemed to foresee that the alliance he had made would not be very well observed, and that the church would find means to trangress, instead of keeping within, the bounds of it. He had received his crown from the pope; more

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  • United States
  • English
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  • 1236976347
  • 9781236976345