Pictures of German Life in the Xvth Xvith and Xviith Centuries Volume I
Excerpt: ...to deal with quite a different man to Duke George: we know each other well. If your Electoral Highness would have faith, you would see the glory of God; but because you have not yet faith, you have not seen it. Love and praise be to God in eternity. Amen. Given at Borna by the messenger, Ash Wednesday, anno 1522. "Your Electoral Highness's most obedient servant, " Martin Luther ." CHAPTER VII. GERMAN PRINCES AT THE IMPERIAL DIET. (1547.) Luther was dead. Over his grave raged the Smalkaldic war. Charles V. made a triumphal progress through humiliated Germany. Only once did these two men confront each other--these great opponents whose spirits are still struggling in the German nation, --the Burgundian Hapsburger and the German peasant's son--the Emperor and the professor;--the one, who spoke German only to his horse; the other, who translated the Bible and formed the new German language of literature;--the one, the predecessor of the Jesuit protectors and the originator of the Hapsburger family politics; the other, the forerunner of Lessing the great German poet, historian, and philosopher. It was a moment in German history pregnant with fate, when the young Emperor, lord of half the world, spoke at Worms the disdainful words, --"That man shall not make me a heretic." For then began the struggle between his house and the spirit of the German nation. A struggle of three centuries; victory and defeat on both sides; its final issue not to be doubted. When the German princes and lords of the Empire, with the envoys from the free cities, rode to the Diet, they assembled to transact business with the two rulers of Germany. These two rulers were the Pope and the Emperor. The Pope ruled in the holy Roman Empire of the German nation, not only as chief bishop in his spiritual capacity, but equally as a political power. A third of Germany was under the rule of ecclesiastical princes, who had at least to be confirmed by the Pope. The...
- 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
- 13 Sep 2013
- United States
- black & white illustrations