Baron Thomas Babington Macaulay Macaulay

The History of England, from the Accession of James II — Volume 1

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  • veratodorovahas quoted4 years ago
    , for ends generally acknowledged to be good, he exerted a vigour beyond the law, they not only forgave, but applauded him, and while they enjoyed security and prosperity under his rule, were but too ready to believe that whoever had incurred his displeasure had deserved it
  • veratodorovahas quoted4 years ago
    persons obnoxious to the government were frequently imprisoned without any other authority than a royal order.
  • veratodorovahas quoted4 years ago
    od, justly reputed the best. The prerogatives of the sovereign were undoubtedly extensive. The spirit of religion and the spirit of chivalry concurred to exalt his dignity. The sacred oil had been poured on his head. It was no disparagement to the bravest and noblest knights to kneel at his feet. His person was inviolable. He alone was entitled to convoke the Estates of the realm: he could at his pleasure dismiss them; and his assent was necessary to all their legislative acts. He was the chief of the executive administration, the sole organ of communication with foreign powers, the captain of the military and naval forces of the state, the fountain of justice, of mercy, and of honour.
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