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THE

HISTORY

OF THE

Council of CONSTANCE.
By JAMES LEN FANT.

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Trandated from the New EDITION, Printed at AMSTBRDAM,

which the AUTHOR not only Revis’d and Corrected, but confiderably Augmented.

Illustrated with several Curious COPPER PLATE S.

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Printed for A. BETTESWORTH, C. RIVINGTON, J. BATLEY, T. Cox,

J. CLARKE, R. Hett, T. ASTLEY, S. AUSTEN, J.. GRAY,, and
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To the REVEREND

Dr. HENRY BLAND,

DEAN of DURHAM.

A

Reverend Sir,

S nothing was a greater Encouragement in the Translation of this History, than my Hopes that you

would honour it with your Protection; your good Nature in gratifying that Ambition, is what I shall ever efteem among the best Fortunes of my Life.

WHEN I consider'd what Character wou'd be requisite in a Patron for fo valuable a Work; that, besides Eminence of Station, Learning and Judgment, there must be Pie.

ty,

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Ability and Tafte, find in Communication
with one another.
is. THE COUNCIL OF CONSTANCE must be

acknowledged to be one of the most impor-
tant Events of the XV th Century, and the
greatest of all Oecumenical Synods, if with
the Number and Dignity of the Prelates
and Doctors we conlider the Dignity and
Number of the Princes and Lords who af-
fisted at it, after the Example of the then
Christian Emperor SIGISMOND of Germany.
It will be confess’d, that the true Spirit of
Reformation did not operate in this Aflem-
bly as it did a hundred Years after; but even
in that dark Age it had Vigour enough to
struggle with the Papal Hierarchy, and to
affert the Freedom of the Church, in Op-
position to the Usurpation and Tyranny of
the Bishops of Rome, of whom no less than
three were actually set afide by this learned
Congress of Divines, and a fourth elected,
who owned the Papacy to be subject to a
Council.

This notable Struggle takes up a great
Part of Mr. Lenfant's History, in which

will

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