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The Rise of the Dutch Republic (v. 2)

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Pages: 616

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Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC

By: John Lothrop Motley

Excerpt from book: 1566.] PIOUS FRAUD. 5 edicts were still desired, a new project might be sent to Madrid, as the one brought by Berghen and Montigny was not satisfactory.0 In arranging this wonderful scheme for composing the tumults of the country, which had grown out of a determined rebellion to the inquisition in any form, he followed not only the advice, but adopted the exact language of Ms councillors. Certainly, here was not much encouragement for patriotic hearts in the Netherlands. A pardon, so restricted that none were likely to be forgiven save those who had done no wrong : an episcopal inquisition stimulated to renewed exertions, on the ground that the papal functionaries were to be discharged: and a promise that, although the proposed Moderation of tho edicts seemed too mild for the monarch's acceptance, yet at some future period another project would be matured for settling the matter to universal satisfaction—such were the propositions of the Crown. Nevertheless, Philip thought he had gone too far, even in administering this meagre amount of mercy, and that he had been too frank in employing so slender a deception, as in the scheme thus sketched. Ho therefore summoned a notary, before whom, in presence of the Duke of Alva, the Licentiate Menchaca and Dr. Velasco, he declared that, although he had just authorized Margaret of Parma, by force of circumstances, to grant pardon to all those who had been compromised in the late disturbances of the Netherlands, yet as he had not done this spontaneously nor freely, he did not consider himself bound by the authorization, but that, on the contrary, he reserved his right to punish all the guilty, and particularly those who had been the authors and encouragers of the sedition.f So much for the pardon promised in his official correspondenc...  

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