The Works of Voltaire: A Contemporary Version [Ancient and Modern History, V. V: The Armada -- Cromwell, 1658] - Vol. 28

The Works of Voltaire: A Contemporary Version [Ancient and Modern History, V. V: The Armada -- Cromwell, 1658] - Vol. 28

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The Works of Voltaire: A Contemporary Version [Ancient and Modern History, V. V: The Armada -- Cromwell, 1658] - Vol. 28

The Works of Voltaire: A Contemporary Version [Ancient and Modern History, V. V: The Armada -- Cromwell, 1658] - Vol. 28

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These crimes we find publicly charged against him by the prince of Orange, in the famous manifesto which he laid before the tribunal of the public. It is very surprising that Philip did not at least employ some of the venal pens of the kingdom to reply to these accusations; and that no one in Europe ever offered to refute what the prince of Orange had advanced. These do not indeed amount to absolute proofs, but they are the strongest presumptions against him; and history should not neglect reporting them as such, as the judgment of posterity is the only defence we have against successful tyranny.

CHAPTER CXXXIX.

THE ENGLISH UNDER EDWARD VI., MARY, AND ELIZA
BETH.

THE English had not the same splendor of success as the Spaniards, nor such influence in other courts, nor did they possess that great power which rendered Spain so dangerous to its neighbors; but they acquired a new kind of glory from the ocean, and the extensive maritime trade they carried on. They knew their true element, and that alone made them more happy than all the foreign possessions and conquests of their ancient kings. Had these kings . . .

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