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Protestants If The Prince Wills It

( Originally Published Early 1900's )



Ferdinand, the brother of Charles V, took over his abandoned work and met the German princes at the diet of Augsburg in 1555. Again there was an attempt to establish a religious peace. Nothing could better show the quality of that attempted settlement and the blindness of the princes and statesmen concerned in it, to the deeper and broader processes of the time, than the form that settlement took. The recognition of religious freedom was to apply to the states and not to the individual citizens ; cujus regio ejus religio, "the confession of the subject was to be dependent on that of the territorial lord."



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