By Mr. Craig Harline
This soaking up ebook takes us again to the busy, colourful global of a Netherlandish Catholic bishop and his flock from 1596 to 1620. dependent upon the lately chanced on daybook of Mathius Hovius, the booklet focuses not just on his lifestyles but in addition on key occasions and characters of the interval. Episodes within the lives of priests, nuns, pilgrims, peasants, saints, and others carry to lifestyles the event of faith through the Counterreformation.
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Thus he, along with several other prominent clergymen, braved the prison’s gloomy conﬁnes to visit Anna. They reasoned with her, and gave her opportunity to recant. 29 12:24 OCV:0 Isabella’s Dowry showed herself ever the ‘‘rebellious and unteachable heretic,’’ these men saw only one alternative: imposition of the punishment required by law. Still the Council of Brabant did nothing. Which was when Albert got involved. Albert ﬁrst discussed Anna’s case with Archbishop Hovius in December , then again in March of .
Still, for the moment this was all wishful thinking and musical chairs: none of these oﬃces in the chapter or archdiocese would mean anything unless those who held them could someday return to a Catholic and royalist Mechelen. 6062 Harline / A BISHOPS TALE / sheet 35 of 397 The Third Man In July that ﬁnally became possible. For in that month the Calvinist regime in Mechelen fell at last, partly because of temporal troubles, partly because Mechelen never became fervently Calvinist, and largely because of the political and military gifts of King Philip’s latest governor-general in the Netherlands, Alexander Farnese, Duke of Parma.
At last they entered their new capital, on September, astride two white horses, fully aware of the old Netherlandish prophecy that said peace would come when two princes on white horses rode into Brussels. So satisfactory was their reception that the archdukes decided, despite the onset of wet autumn weather, to tour their lands immediately. Now was the moment, while all was fresh, to perform the traditional ‘‘Joyous Entry’’ into every major city, during which subjects and rulers promised mutual loyalty and respect.