Sir Philip Sidney Volume 3 by Percy Addleshaw

Sir Philip Sidney Volume 3

byPercy Addleshaw

Paperback | May 7, 2012

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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. 1909 Excerpt: ...sanctified by zeal for the true faith. Of course, it must not be forgotten that quite sensible people affected to regard every Catholic as an enemy to his Queen and country. The belief was a comfortable one, though like many comfortable beliefs there was little truth in it. Supposing these much-wronged people to have been traitors, it was easily argued that money in their pockets added dangerously to their power for evil. When their pockets were emptied they became comparatively harmless. Such an argument, based on a fallacy, naturally had in it the seeds of popularity, and it is remarkable that they who profited were very staunch Protestants. Philip, however, does not condescend to consider this train of thought. Perhaps he saw its weakness. Reluctantly one is forced to the conclusion that he saw no harm in robbing a Catholic if the plunder was directed by law, and he openly declares that he wants his share for the alleviation of his private necessities, a declaration in which it is difficult to trace the influence either of patriotism or religion. A curiously perverted sense of both patriotism and religion did possess men at this time, and from this time to the end of Elizabeth's reign. Nor was robbery by any means the only injustice suffered by the party out of favour. Laws against the Catholics after 1581 were stricter and more savage than ever they had been before. It was not altogether zeal for a purer religion that prompted them. Fear of Spain, troubles of Scottish invention, rumours of popish plots combined to shake the public nerve, and often danger was suspected when no danger threatened. It was believed, and in some instances with reason, that Elizabeth's throne was in peril whenever Catholics met together. Any idea of toleration could not be ent...

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Title:Sir Philip Sidney Volume 3Format:PaperbackDimensions:114 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.24 inPublished:May 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:021799119X

ISBN - 13:9780217991193

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