The Historical Works of William Robertson: With an Account of His Life and Writings, Volume 5 (Google eBook)

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Doig and Stirling, 1813 - America
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Page 8 - If a man were called to fix the period in the history of the world during which the condition of the human race was most happy and prosperous, he would, without hesitation, name that which elapsed from the death of Domitian to the accession of Commodus.
Page 238 - Lo ! the heavens are open; if you enter not now, when will you enter? For twelve pence you may redeem the soul of your father out of purgatory ; and are you so ungrateful, that you will not rescue your parent from torment ? If you had but one coat, you ought to strip yourself instantly, and sell it, in order to purchase such benefits, &c.
Page 237 - Paul, and of the most holy pope, granted and committed to me in these parts, do absolve thee, first from all ecclesiastical censures, in whatever manner they have been incurred, and then from all thy sins, transgressions, and excesses, how enormous soever they may be, even from...
Page 16 - Persons of the highest rank, and in the most eminent stations, could not read or write. Many of the clergy did not understand the breviary which they were obliged daily to recite ; some of them could scarcely read it.
Page 241 - These he proposed, not as points fully established or of undoubted certainty, but as subjects of inquiry and disputation ; he appointed a day on which the learned were invited to impugn them, either in person or by writing ; to the whole he subjoined solemn protestations of his high respect . for the apostolic see, and of his implicit submission to its authority. No opponent appeared at the time prefixed ; the theses spread over Germany with astonishing rapidity ; they were read with the greatest...
Page 61 - The wild exploits of those romantic knights who sallied forth in quest of adventures are well. known, and have been treated with proper ridicule. The political and permanent effects of the spirit of chivalry have been less observed.
Page 20 - When the minds of men were thus prepared, the zeal of a fanatical monk, who conceived the idea of leading all the forces of Christendom against the infidels, and of driving them out of the Holy Land by violence, was sufficient to give a beginning to that wild enterprise.
Page 276 - He readily acknowledged an excess of vehemence and acrimony in his controversial writings, but refused to retract his opinions, unless he were convinced of their falsehood, or to consent to their being tried by any other rule than the word of God. When neither threats nor entreaties could prevail on him to depart from this...
Page 60 - ... courtesy was recommended as the most amiable of knightly virtues. Violence and oppression decreased when it was reckoned meritorious to check and to punish them. A scrupulous adherence to truth, with the most religious attention to fulfil every engagement, became the distinguishing characteristic of a gentleman, because chivalry was regarded as the school of honour, and inculcated the most delicate sensibility with respect to those points. The admiration of these qualities, together with the...
Page 246 - Cajetan, enraged at Luther's abrupt retreat, and at the publication of his appeal, wrote to the elector of Saxony, complaining of both; and requiring him, as he regarded the peace of the church, or the authority of its head, either to send that seditious monk a prisoner to Rome, or to banish him out of his territories. It was not from theological...

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