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History of the Reign of Ferdinand and Isabella, the Catholic, vol 2

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Published: 1837
Language: English
Wordcount: 147,712 / 465 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 36.4
LoC Category: DP
Downloads: 538
mnybks.net#: 5768
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: History
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ation. She compelled the great nobles to lay aside their arms, and refer their disputes to legal arbitration. She caused a number of the fortresses, which were still garrisoned by the baronial banditti, to be razed to the ground; and she enforced the utmost severity of the law against such inferior criminals as violated the public peace. [1]

Even ecclesiastical immunities, which proved so effectual a protection in most countries at this period, were not permitted to screen the offender. A remarkable instance of this occurred at the city of Truxillo, in 1486. An inhabitant of that place had been committed to prison for some offence by order of the civil magistrate. Certain priests, relations of the offender, alleged that his religious profession exempted him from all but ecclesiastical jurisdiction; and, as the authorities refused to deliver him up, they inflamed the populace to such a degree, by their representations of the insult offered to the church, that they rose in a body, and, forcing the prison

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