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Page [NA] of History of the Protestant reformation / in a series of essays ; reviewing D'Aubignbe, Menzel, Hallan ... and others ... ; by M.J. Spalding. (vol. 2)

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PREFACE TO VOLUME II. IN this Volume, I have endeavored to trace the history of the Protts. tant Reformation in the principal European countries outside of Gcr many and Swvitzerland. As, among these, England and its dependencies possess most interest for the American or Engdiszh reader, more space in proportion has been devote'] to the history of the Anglican Schism than to that of any other European country. Besides an introduction, in which the religious his- tory of England preliminary to the Reformation is discussed, four Chap- ters are devoted to the English Reformation, besides separate Chapters on the Reformation in Scotland, and Ireland. The statements of the great Englih historian, Lingard, are show n to be substantially confirmed by Hallam, Mfacaulay, Bihop Short, Sir James Mackintosh, Agnes Strick- land, and other accredited Protestant historians; and, unless I am greatly mistaken, it will be seen from the comparison of authorities, that not one important fact alleged by Lingard has ever been successfully contro- verted, even by the most determined opponents of the Catholic Church. The excellent Miss Strickland, in her Lives of the English and Scottish Queens, has incidentiy thrown much additional light on what may be calle1i the internal history of the Anglican and Scottish Reformation. Though a decided Protestant, she has done justice to the memory of Mary of England and of Mary of Scotland: and also, in another sense, to Queen Elizabeth and John Knox. Availing herself with much indus- try and fidelity of her ample opportunities for investigation, she has published several new documents from the English State Paper Office; and, what is still better and more commendable, she has dared tell a considerable portion of the truth, in spite of fashionable obloquy and stereotype misrepresentation. She has drawn, what might be called a Daguerreotype likeness of John Knox in his relations with Mary Stuart, whom the Scottish -eformer fiercely hunted to death in the name of the Religion of love I In the Chapter on the fruitless attempts to thrust the Reformation on Ireland, I have endeavored to present, on the most unexceptional Pro- testant authority, together with a summary of the principal facts, a con- densed but somewhat detailed account of the truly infamous Penal Code enacted by the British parliament against the members of the ancient Church in that faithful Island, which, in spite of almost incredible hard- ships and the most atrocious persecutions, has preserved untarnished the precious jewel of faith bequeathed to her by St. Patrick. The Chapter on the Reformation in the Netherlands is a Review of Prescott's Philip II.; and it presents an appreciation of the stern Spanish monarch and of his cruel lieutenant Alva, together with a portraiture of the atrocities committed against the Catholics by the Dutch Calvinists, who are shown to have raged more fiercely than Alva himself. The history of the French Huguenots, together with that of the great central