The Works Of William H. Prescott (volume 17); History Of The Reign Of Philip The Second

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byWilliam Hickling Prescott

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1904. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... No sooner was the alarm sounded than Paul the Fourth, quick to follow up the scent of heresy in any quarter of his pontifical dominions, issued a brief, in February, 1558, addressed to the Spanish inquisitor-general. In this brief, his holiness enjoins it on the head of the tribunal to spare no efforts to detect and exterminate the growing evil; and he empowers that functionary to arraign and bring to condign punishment all suspected of heresy, of whatever rank or profession,--whether bishops or archbishops, nobles, kings, or emperors. Paul the Fourth was fond of contemplating himself as seated in the chair of the Innocents and the Gregories, and like them setting his pontifical foot on the necks of princes. His natural arrogance was probably not diminished by the concessions which Philip the Second had thought proper to make to him at the close of the Roman war. Philip, far from taking umbrage at the swelling tone of this apostolical mandate, followed it up, in the same year, by a monstrous edict, borrowed from one in the Netherlands, which condemned all who bought, sold, or read prohibited works to be burned alive. In the following January, Paul, to give greater efficacy to this edict, published another bull, in which he commanded all confessors, under pain of excommunication, to enjoin on their penitents to inform against all persons, however nearly allied to them, who might be guilty of such practices. To quicken the zeal of the informer, Philip, on his part, revived a law fallen somewhat into disuse, by which the accuser was to receive one-fourth of the confiscated property of the convicted party. And, finally, a third bull from Paul allowed the inquisitors to withhold a pardon from the recanting heretic if any doubt existed of his sincerity, thus ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1904. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... No sooner was the alarm sounded than Paul the Fourth, quick to follow up the scent of heresy in any quarter of his pontifica...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:118 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.25 inPublished:January 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217945694

ISBN - 13:9780217945691

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