Leaders of the Reformation

Paperback | January 31, 2012

byJoseph Henry Dubbs

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898. Excerpt: ... III. THE FREE CHURCH IN THE FREE STATE. ULRIC ZWINGU. THE little republic of Switzerland rests like a golden crown on the head of the nations of Europe. The surpassing grandeur of its scenery is universally acknowledged. Its mountains are the highest; its valleys the greenest; its glaciers the grandest; its prospects the most romantic. Grander still to the thoughtful stranger is the spectacle of a simple, unpretentious people, who in the darkness of the middle ages solved the problem of self-government, and for nearly six centuries have boldly defended the rights of man. As you sail down the lake of Lucerne--directly opposite the great cliff called the Mytenstein, which bears in colossal letters an inscription in honor of Friedrich Schiller whose poetry has glorified all that region--you behold the Riitli, the meadow in the forest where in the night of November 17, 1307, "the three men," Fiirst, Stauffacher and Melchthal, each accompanied by ten men of his own canton, solemnly swore, with three fingers uplifted in the name of the Trinity, to defend the freedom of their native land.1 Within a few weeks of this event, according to tradition, (1) This 'conjuration" was, in fact, a renewal of "the eternal compact," established August 1, 1291. occurred the episode of William Tell--the brave hunter who was compelled by the wicked governor, Gessler of Bruneck, to shoot an apple from the head of his son, and who afterwards buried the second arrow in the heart of the tyrant. Historians now discredit the tale, but it is at least expressive of the spirit of the forest cantons. On the first of January, 1308, the Austrian bailiffs were driven out; and it is the boast of Switzerland that this act of emancipation was accomplished without shedding a drop of blood; but tw...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898. Excerpt: ... III. THE FREE CHURCH IN THE FREE STATE. ULRIC ZWINGU. THE little republic of Switzerland rests like a golden crown on the head...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:48 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217499120

ISBN - 13:9780217499125

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