History of the Reign of Ferdinand and Isabella, the Catholic, of Spain, Volume 1

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Page 251 - Judaism was established against the accused are so curious, that a few of them may deserve notice. It was considered good evidence of the fact, if the prisoner wore better clothes or cleaner linen on the Jewish sabbath than on other days of the week ; if he had no fire in his house the preceding evening , if he sat at table with Jews, or ate the meat of animals slaughtered by their hands...
Page xxxviii - Tagus,12 notwithstanding this portion of the country had been comparatively deserted by the Mahometans. But it was easy to foresee that a people, living, as they did, under circumstances so well adapted to the development of both physical and moral energy, must ultimately prevail over a nation oppressed by despotism and the effeminate indulgence to which it was naturally disposed by a sensual religion and a voluptuous climate.
Page xlvii - All arbitrary tallages were commuted for a certain fixed and moderate rent. An officer was appointed by the crown to reside within each community, whose province it was to superintend the collection of this tribute, to maintain public order, and to be associated with the magistrates of each city in the command of the forces it was bound to contribute towards the national defence. Thus, while the inhabitants of the great towns in other parts of Europe were languishing in feudal servitude, the members...
Page 261 - Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. The son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them.

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