History Of The Reign Of Ferdinand And Isabella, The Catholic, Of Spain (volume 1)

Paperback | January 12, 2012

byWilliam Hickling Prescott

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1838. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... nation which occurred in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.* The extraordinary power thus committed to the commons was, on the whole, unfavourable to their liberties. It deprived them of the sympathy and cooperation of the great orders of the state, whose authority alone could have enabled them to withstand the encroachments of arbitrary power, and who, in fact, did eventually desert them in their utmost need.-f But, notwithstanding these defects, the popular branch of the Castilian cortes, very soon after its admission into that body, assumed functions and exercised a degree of power on the whole superior to that enjoyed by it in other European legislatures. It was soon recognised as a fundamental principle of the constitution, that no tax could be imposed without its consent; and an express enactment to this effect was suffered to remain on the statute book after it had become a dead letter, as if to remind the nation of the liberties it had lost.* The commons showed a wise solicitude in regard to the mode of collecting the public revenue, oftentimes more onerous to the subject than the tax itself. They watched carefully over its appropriation to its destined uses. They restrained a too prodigal expenditure, and ventured more than once to regulate the economy of the royal household.f They kept a vigilant eye on the conduct of public officers, as well as on the right administration of justice, and commissions were appointed at their suggestion for inquiring into its abuses. They entered into negotiation for alliances with foreign powers, and by determining the amount of supplies for the maintenance of troops in time of war, preserved a salutary check over military operations.^: The nomination of regencies was subject to their approbation, and they defined...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1838. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... nation which occurred in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.* The extraordinary power thus committed to the commons was, on the w...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.27 inPublished:January 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021796057X

ISBN - 13:9780217960571

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