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John Knox; The Hero of the Scottish Reformation
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. 1905. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER X KNOX AND QUEEN MARY 1561-1563 'HE encounter between John Knox and Mary 1 Stuart not only constitutes one of the most interesting episodes in...
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. 1905. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER X KNOX AND QUEEN MARY 1561-1563 'HE encounter between John Knox and Mary 1 Stuart not only constitutes one of the most interesting episodes in the biographies of the Reformer and of the Queen, but occupies a conspicuous place in Scottish history. No two personalities could be more dissimilar than the Puritan Protestant who revered Calvin as master, and the bright young Queen who had presided over the gayest Court in Christendom. No two standpoints could be more divergent than those of the man whose life-work was to build up a strong and independent Reformed Church, and of the woman who had been educated in the belief that absolute submission to princes was a religious duty, and that her own mission was to restore the Roman Church in Scotland. A keen encounter between the two was predetermined: unpleasant personal relations were almost inevitable. I. The leaders of the Scottish Reformation do not appear to have questioned the propriety, however some of them might anticipate the danger of the Queen of Scots living and reigning, after the death of her husband, the King of France, henceforth in her native land. Their attention in the early part of 1561 was devoted to the best means of preventing her presence from injuring the Protestant cause. There was reason for vigilance and consideration. Three hundred letters had been despatched by Mary to various Scots of standing in the prospect of her early return. The Catholic bishops assembled at Stirling in the spring of 1561 to take counsel in view of the changed and (from their point of view) more hopeful circumstances. The Catholic lords were credited with a design to seize the capital. In the month of April, Bishop Lesley was in France with authority to propose, on their behalf, that the Queen should land some...
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