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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: could suppress the feeling that the man who spoke so eloquently in favor of purity, while his private life was not above reproach, was but playing a part. Henry of Navarre's associates in the great struggle for religions liberty now in progress were no cowards. Not even the strong conviction that his assistance in the desperate struggle n- was indispensable to the success of the good cause, was p0tent enough to seal their lips. In this very crisis there were found deputies bold and candid enough to remonstrate with him on his present course. His faults and his blunders, his prodigal gifts to the unworthy and his neglect of the deserving, his favors extended to members of the League in the vain hope of winning them over, his amours and the great expense they entailed, at a time when faithful servants of his crown were dying of hungerthese and other things were told him to his face with wonderful frankness. He learned much of what upright men thought of his course from the ministers of the gospel, whom, in the parlance of the times, he had not yet succeeded in " civilizing." Jean Gardesi, a prominent pastor of Montauban, enjoys the honor of being described by Agrippa d'Aubigne as " the most severe Nathan " among them all.' It is worthy of note that Henry of Navarre bore all this sound advice and rebuke with a patience for which few would have given him credit." As he had not been offended by the Hen ha plainness of speech of Theodore Beza, and even them patient- thanked the aged reformer for his Christian candor, so he took the counsels of Gardes! and others in the best part. Was this because he was callous to appeals of the kind now addressed to him, but was content, from motives of policy, to allow them to be uttered and then to be dismissed unheeded ? I cannot believe it w...
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