Crimes of the House of Austria Against Mankind: Collected from Accredited History

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Elizabeth Palmer Peabody
R. Garrigue, 1852 - 230 pages
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Page 113 - It has been the work of the coalition to destroy all ; to place Italy again under the galling yoke of Austria ; to take from her, with political liberty, civil and religious freedom, and even freedom of thought : to corrupt her morale ; and to heap upon her the utmost degree of humiliation.
Page 118 - We," said the justiza to the king, in the name of his high-spirited barons, " who are each of us as good, and who are altogether more powerful than you, promise obedience to your government, if you maintain our rights and liberties ; but, if not, not.
Page 110 - Doria, on the 12th of August. The pope awaited him at Bologna, into which he made his entry on the 5th of November. He summoned thither all the princes of Italy, or their deputies, and treated them with more moderation than might have been expected after the shameful abandonment of them by France. As he knew the health of Francesco Sforza, duke of Milan, to be in a declining state, which promised but few years of life, he granted him the restitution of his duchy for the sum of 900,000 ducats, which...
Page 94 - In a single church fifty-three women were found beheaded. The Croats amused themselves with throwing children into the flames ; Pappenheim's Walloons with stabbing infants at the mother's breast. Some officers of the League, horror-struck at this dreadful scene, ventured to remind Tilly that he had it in his power to stop the carnage.
Page 110 - Mantua to a duchy, in favor of Frederick de Gonzaga. The Duke of Savoy and the Marquis de Montferrat, till then protected by France, arrived at Bologna, to place themselves under the protection of the Emperor. The Duke of Urbino was recommended to him by the Venetians, and obtained some promises of favor. The republics of Genoa, Sienna, and Lucca had permission to vegetate under the imperial protection; and Charles, having received from the Pope, at Bologna, on the 22d of February and 24th of March,...
Page 101 - Maximilian, always ready to undertake everything, and incapable of bringing anything to a conclusion, would not relax in a single article of what he called his rights. As Emperor, he considered himself monarch of all Italy; and, although he was always stopped on its frontier, he refused to renounce the smallest part of what he had purposed conquering. He asserted that the whole Venetian territory had been usurped from the Empire; and, before granting peace to the Republic, demanded almost its annihilation.
Page 107 - ... after having torn off the gold and silver which adorned them. Men, women, and children were seized, whenever their captors could flatter themselves that they had concealed some treasure, or that there was any one sufficiently interested for them to pay their ransom. Every house resounded with the cries and lamentations of wretched persons thus subjected to the torture ; and this dreadful state of crime and agony lasted not merely days, but was prolonged for more than nine months...
Page 117 - Sparta, acted as the protector of the people and the comptroller of the prince. " The person of the Justiza was sacred, his power and jurisdiction almost unbounded. He was the supreme interpreter of the laws. Not only inferior judges, but the kings themselves, were bound to consult him in every doubtful case, and to receive his responses with implicit deference.
Page 94 - Neither innocent childhood, nor helpless old age ; neither youth, sex, rank, nor beauty, could disarm the fury of the conquerors.
Page vii - Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing-floors ; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them : and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.

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