The History of the Reign of the Emperor Charles the Fifth, Volume 2


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Pagina 160 - Nor did these outrages cease, as is usual in towns which are carried by assault, when the first fury of the storm was over ; the imperialists kept possession of Rome several months ; and, during all that time, the insolence and brutality of the soldiers hardly abated.
Pagina 124 - Germany, these duties being laid chiefly upon beer, wine, and other necessaries of life, affected the common people in the most sensible manner. The addition of such a load to their former burdens, drove them to despair. It was to the valour inspired by resentment against impositions of this kind that the Swiss owed the acquisition of their liberty in the fourteenth century.
Pagina 354 - Jesuits to labour with unwearied zeal in promoting the salvation of men, this engaged them, of course, in many active functions. From their first institution, they considered the education of youth as their peculiar province; they aimed at being spiritual guides and confessors; they preached frequently in order to instruct the people; they set out as missionaries to convert unbelieving nations. The novelty of the institution, as well as the singularity of its objects, procured the order many admirers...
Pagina 463 - But these indecencies, of which Luther was guilty, must not be imputed wholly to the violence of his temper. They ought to be charged in part on the manners of the age. Among a rude people, unacquainted with those maxims, which, by putting continual restraint on the passions of individuals, have polished society, and rendered it agreeable, disputes were managed with heat, and strong emotions were uttered in their natural language, without reserve or delicacy.
Pagina 351 - There is not in the annals of mankind any example of such a perfect despotism, exercised, not over monks shut up in the cells of a convent, but over men dispersed among all the nations of the earth.
Pagina 462 - Reformer : suca sanctity of life as suited the doctrine which he delivered ; and such perfect disinterestedness as affords no slight presumption of his sincerity. Superior to all selfish considerations, a stranger to the elegancies of life, and despising its pleasures, he left the honours and emoluments of the church to his disciples, remaining satisfied himself in his original state of professor in the university, and pastor of the town of Wittemberg, with the moderate appointments annexed to these...
Pagina 350 - ... repetition of tedious offices.* But they are required to attend to all the transactions of the world, on account of the influence which these may have upon religion ; they are directed to study the dispositions of persons in high rank, and to cultivate their friendship ;T and by the very constitution, as well as genius of the order, a spirit of action and intrigue is infused into all its members.
Pagina 464 - Luther's behaviour, which to us appear most culpable, gave no disgust to his contemporaries. It was even by some of those qualities, which we are now apt to blame, that he was fitted for accomplishing the great work which he undertook. To rouse mankind, when sunk in ignorance or superstition, and to encounter the rage of bigotry armed with power, required the utmost vehemence of zeal, as well as a temper daring to excess.
Pagina 384 - Then the sad effects of what they had suffered began to appear more manifestly than ever, and new calamities were added to all those which they had already endured. Some could hardly bear the weight of their arms ; others, spent with the toil of forcing their way through deep and almost impassable roads, sunk down and died ; many perished by famine, as the whole army subsisted chiefly on roots and berries, or the flesh of horses killed by the Emperor's...
Pagina 356 - Unhappily for mankind, the vast influence which the order of Jesuits acquired by all these different means has been often exerted with the most pernicious effect. Such was the tendency of that discipline observed by the society in forming its members, and such the fundamental maxims in its constitution, that every Jesuit was taught to regard the interest of the order as the capital object, to which every consideration was to be sacrificed.

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