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By John Dryden

This quantity includes Dryden's 1684 translation of Louis Maimbourg's "The background of the League," a piece on the subject of the spiritual wars of France within the previous century, and which Dryden used as a remark at the spiritual persecutions of his personal time in England.

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E. T h e courageous Sally of Villiers Governour of Rouen, the King increases his Siege, and sonie few days after Besieges the military of the Duke of Parma, the wonderfull Retreat of that Duke. T h e convention of du Plessis Mornay, and Viileroy for the Peace, what it conduc'd in the direction of the conversion of the King. T h e Popes, blameless the ninth. and Clement the eighth. for the Leagzce. T h e demise of the Duke of Parma. Monsieur de Mayenne at size assembles the overall Estates of the League at Pmis. T h e heritage of these pretended Estates. iMonsieur de Alajerz? ze reasons the convention of S z ~ ~ e s ntoe be theyein irl spight of the Legat. The Speeches of the Archbishop ol J301itges and of Lyons, and the heritage of that convention. 'The Duke of ~Vlayennein the Estates artfully hinders the Election of a King. T h e Histoly of the conversion of Henry the 4th. T h e absolution which he calls for, and ri~llichat size is given him at Ronze. T h e relief of many Lords and cities of the League to tlme King's provider. His access into Paris, the Skirmish at Fonlain Fmncoise. T h e treaty of the Duke of Mayenne, and the Edict which the King makes in his favour. T h e treaty of the Duke of Jojeuse, and his moment access into the order of Capuchins, the treaty of the Duke of illercwz~r,and the tip of the League. 14, sixteen Houen] Roleil zero. 36 of ~ l l e t c c c u i ]of Meicereur zero Liber I 27 T h e Histo? of the League: Lib. I IIOUGH this paintings which i've got undertaken is the typical sequel of the heritage of Calvinism, 'tis jet so much yes that the topic which I deal with has no relation to that Heresie. For it used to be now not the need of protecting the Catholique religion in F ~ a n c e ,nor any real rationale of faith which gave beginning to the League, because the universal those who haven't been capable of penetrate into the key of that accursed Cabal, have constantly been persuaded. It was once derived from passions which in every age have produc'd niost tragical results, I suggest Ambition and Hatred. 'Tis precise, the multitude, and specifically the C h u ~ c h males, who believ'd they'd party to be alarrn'd in issues of faith, if he who used to be call'd to the Crown by way of the funclamental legislation of the dominion, shou'd receive it, those P say have been seduc'd by means of that specious visual appeal of real Zeal, which seem'd to be the very offered and starting place of the League. however it are not difiicult to find within the means of this I-Iistory, that the Authours of that Conspiracy made use of these pretences of faith, to abuse the credulity, or even the Piety of the folk; and to cause them to impious, with out their perceiving it, through animating and arming them opposed to their Kings. to root out (if that they had been capable) the final ultimate Stem of the Royal inventory; and to plant on its Foundations, the kingdom of a Foreigner. And as none may be able to execute an unjust firm, yet by means of capability as pernicious and execrable because the finish it self which they suggest, so ~villthcre be appear within the sequel and development of the League, even ;et extra issues and misrhiefs than ever Calvinis~nit self prodi~c'd;against ~vhichalone it seem'd to were arm'd: but.

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