Universal History, Ancient and Modern (Volume 7); From the Earliest Records of Time, to the General Peace of 1801

9780217141321: Universal History, Ancient and Modern (Volume 7); From the Earliest Records of Time, to the General Peace of 1801
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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1804. Excerpt: ... CHAP. XXVII. Prom the death of Heraclim to the first Crusade. A. D. OONSTANSascended the throne when 64i. only twelve years old; and the early respect which he had shown to the senate, was quickly erased by the prejudices of the age, fend the habits of despotism. He viewed his brother Theodosius, whose virtues made him entirely beloved by the people, with jealous and malignant eyes; and causing him to be ordained a, deacon, received the sacred chalice from his hands: yet even this disqualification for the purple could not allay the apprehensions of Constans, who soon after procured the unhappy youth to be put to death. But the imprecations of the people pursued the royal assassin; while his crime being succeeded by the most dreadful remorse, he perpetually imagined that he beheld his murdered brother extending him a cup of blood, to quench that thirst with which he was continually tormented. To fly from so terrifying an object, as well as to retire from the detestation of his people, he left Constantinople, and, after passing a winter at Athens, he sailed to Tarentum, visited Rome, and then fixed his principal residence at Syracuse. But his steps were attended by conscious guilt, and the visionary shade of Theodosius incessantly obtruded itself on his distempered view. Like another Cain, he wandered from place to place, without finding peace or quiet in any; nor could his increasing wars against the Saracens and -Lombards dispel the illusions of his fancy. But notwithstanding his sufferings from this cause, which it might have been supposed would have softened his heart, he governed the empire in the most tyrannical manner, and was equally detestable for his avarice as for his other crimes. The former he carried to such a pitch, as to rob the churches of their richest ornaments and ...

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