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the bolts of the Vatican, as Jupiter had {7} in days of old launched

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the thunders of the Capitol. A great revolution seemed to be working it

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self out unopposed in this island, so long the slave of the Roman pontif

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fs. There was just

at this time nothing to be feared from without: Charles V. was overwhelmed with business; the King of Scotland was on better terms with his uncle of England, and Francis I. was preparing for a friendly interview with Henry VIII.[17] And yet the danger had never been greater; but the mine was discovered in March 1534, before

the match could be applied to it. A dangerous political and clerical conspiracy had

been for some time silently organizing in the convents. It was possible, no doubt, to

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find here and there in the cloisters monks who were learned, pious, and loyal; but the greater number were ignorant and fanatic, and terribly alarmed at the dangers which threatened their order. Their arrogance, grossness, and loose manners irritated the m

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, and luxury aroused the envy

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nd social transformation was taking place at this memorable epoch, and the monks foresaw that they would be the first victims of the revolution. Accordingly they were resolved to fight to the uttermost, pro aris et focis, for their altars and homes

the great

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. But who was to take the first step in the perilous enterprise—who to give the signal? As in the days of the Maid of Orleans, it was a young woman who grasped the trumpet and sounded the charge. But if the first was a heroine, the other was an ecs

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tatic—nay, a fanatic. =ELIZABETH BARTON'S MIRACLES.= There lived in the village of Aldington in Kent a young woman of singular appearance. Although of an age which is usually distinguished by a fresh and clear complexion, her face was sallow and h

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  • of a sudden she would be seized with a trembling of the whole body; she lost the use of her limbs and of her understanding, uttered strange and incoherent phrases, and fell at last stiff and lifeless to the ground. She was, moreover, exemplary in her conduct. The people declared her state to be miraculous, and Master, the rector of the parish, a cunning and grasping priest, noticing these epileptic at

  • tacks, resolved to take advantage of them to acquire money and reputation. He suggested to the poor sufferer that the extraordinary words she uttered proceeded from the inspiration of Heaven, and declared that she would be guilty if she kept secret this wonderful work of God. A monk of Canterbury, named Bocking, joined the priest with the intention of turning the girl's disease to the profit of the Romi

  • sh party. They represented to Elizabeth Barton—such was the name of the Kentish maiden—that the cause of religion was exposed to great danger in England; that it was intended to turnout the monks and priests; but that God, whose hand defends His Church by the humblest instruments, had raised her up in these inauspicious days to uphold that holy ark, which king, ministers, and parliament desired to t

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hrow down. Such language pleased the girl: on the faith of the priests, she regarded

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her attacks as divine transports; a feeling of pride came over her; she accepted the part assigned her. On a sudden her imagination kindled,

she announced that she had held communications with saints and angels, even with Satan himself. Was this sheer imposture or enthusiasm? Th

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ere was, perhaps, a little of both; but in her eyes, the end justified the means. When speaking, she affected strange turns, unintelligible fi

gures, poetical language, and clothed her visions in rude rhymes, which made the educated smile, but helped to circulate her oracles among

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the people. Erelong she set herself unscrupulously above the truth, {9} and inspired by a feverish energy, did not fear to excite the peop

le to bloodshed. There was somewhere out in the fields in one part of the parish, a wretched old chapel that had been long deserted, and

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where a coarse image of the Virgin still remained. Master determined to make it the scene of a