The History of Germany: From the Earliest Period to the Present Time, Volume 2 (Google eBook)

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H. G. Bohn, 1862 - Germany
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Page 110 - Ahi serva Italia, di dolore ostello, Nave senza nocchiero in gran tempesta, Non donna di provincie, ma bordello!
Page 220 - The bishoprics had, generally speaking, gradually become sinecures for princes and counts, and the canonries were, consequently, as was the case at Strassburg, usually bestowed upon nobles of high birth, who revelled in wanton luxury. Men of talent could alone attain distinction in the service of the pope. The priests were proverbially ignorant* and brutal, and their ignorance was countenanced by the popes, who expressly decreed that out of ten ecclesiastics one alone was to study. Their morals were...
Page 505 - Polish feof, into a kingdom was resolved upon, and its recognition was effected by means of six million dollars. The Jesuits in Vienna received two hundred thousand. They treated the petty kingdom with ridicule, but Prince Eugene, who foresaw that the successors of this new monarch would increase in power and arrogance, said, " Those ministers by whom the king of Prussia has been recognised deserve to be hanged.
Page 200 - ... marriage, she skilfully worked upon the dread with which the French were viewed by her subjects, to influence them in favour of Maximilian, the handsomest youth of his day, whom she is said to have seen at an earlier period at Treves, or, as some say, of whose picture she had become enamoured.
Page 110 - O Alberto tedesco ch'abbandoni costei ch' fatta indomita e selvaggia, e dovresti inforcar li suoi arcioni, giusto giudicio da le stelle caggia sovra '1 tuo sangue, e sia novo e aperto, tal che '1 tuo successor temenza n'aggia!
Page 4 - French monarch, who had already "fished in troubled waters" in Flanders, to grasp at the crown of Apulia. On the death of Urban (1265), another Frenchman, Clement IV, succeeded to the chair of St. Peter, and greatly contributed to hasten the projected invasion. Charles was gloomy and priest-ridden; extremely unprepossessing in his person, and of an olive complexion; invariably cold, silent, and reserved in manner, impatient of gaiety or cheerfulness, and so cold-blooded and cruel as to be viewed...
Page 191 - Podiebrad to the imperial throne, but the confusion consequent on the war in the Pfalz caused the matter to drop. Vienna, meanwhile, revolted against the emperor ; the town-council was thrown out of the windows of the town-house ; Wolfgang Holzer, the former instigator of the tumult against Ulric von Cilly, again took the lead, and the emperor degraded himself so far as to flatter the rebellious citizen in order to be permitted to enter his castle. The empress Eleonora, revolted by this conduct,...
Page 155 - Peter d'Ailly, said openly, that the church had become so bad that a good pope would be out of . his sphere, and that she could only be ruled by miscreants. On the death of the emperor Rupert, the house of Wittelsbach, weakened by division, remained in a state of inactivity, and the powerful one of Luxemburg continued to occupy the throne, Sigmund being elected in preference to Wenzel, who contented himself with Bohemia, AD 1412. Vain, arrogant, deceitful, and ever undertaking more than he had power...
Page 502 - ... a collection of useless treasures, was swelled with fresh valuables and curiosities of every description. And for all this his little territory paid. Not a murmur escaped the people until the elector, instead of raising his numerous army as usual from volunteers, levied recruits by force, and a revolt ensued, AD 1626.
Page 208 - ... by law, legal, and the external weakness and internal anarchy of the empire eternal. The empire was one confused mass of electorates, duchies, earldoms, bishoprics, abbeys, imperial free towns, and estates of the nobility, which, whether great or small, refused to yield to one another, and jealously asserted their independence.

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