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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1906. Not illustrated. Excerpt:... under the pressure of the Turkish danger, made to the Protestant nobles at Bruck ' were made in the absence and even without the knowledge of the Catholic members. The Catholics were much perturbed by them, but the new religionists were jubilant. Forthwith the preachers hurried off to the four towns where free exercise of their religion had been granted them, and cried down the doctrines and laws of the Church. The name of Catholic became gradually a disgrace. The Catholics begged the Archduke to put a curb on the encroachments of the Lutherans who would not confine themselves to the four towns. But when the Archduke drew the attention of the latter to the Treaty of Bruck they answered:'they must not rebuke anybody who wanted to come into the light of the Evangel--they must not close the way of salvation to anyone. Thereupon the Archduke (December 10, 1580) ordered the provincial Estates to dismiss the preachers at once, without delay for whereas they would not abide by the treaty, he considered himself also absolved from it.' 1 The Estates, however, addressed themselves to the Protestant commander of 1 The full report of the Acts of the provincial diet opened at Graz, in November 1580, is printed by Loserth side by side with the correspondence relating to these Acts, in Akten, p. 69 ff. In the decree of December 10, 1580, the Archduke ordains that in all his towns, boroughs, lordships, villages, hamlets, without any exception, the Catholic religion alone shall be practised. Meanwhile, the 'lords and landowners' shall be allowed to have one or two preachers for themselves in Graz, but that the said preachers shall only preach and hold their services before them and their households in the provincial assembly house, and that no one else shall be admitted during...

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