History of the Reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain - Vol. 2

History of the Reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain - Vol. 2

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History of the Reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain - Vol. 2

History of the Reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain - Vol. 2

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The Edicts suspended.-- The Sectaries. -- The Public Preachings. -- Attempt to suppress them. -- Meeting at St. Trond. - Philip's Concessions.

1566.

On quitting Brussels, the confederates left there four of their number as a sort of committee to watch over the interests of the league. The greater part of the remainder, with Brederode at their head, took the road to Antwerp. They were hardly established in their quarters in that city, when the building was surrounded by thousands of the inhabitants, eager to give their visitors a tumultuous welcome. Brederode came out on the balcony, and, addressing the crowd, told them that he had come there, at the hazard of his life, to rescue them from the miseries of the Inquisition. He called on his audience to take him as their leader in this glorious work; and as the doughty champion pledge them in a goblet of wine which he had brought with him from the table, the mob answered by such a general shout as was heard in the furthest corners of the . . .

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