By Mr. Craig Harline
This pleasant publication recreates the busy, colourful international of a Catholic bishop and his flock from 1590-1620. established upon the lately stumbled on daybook of Mathias Hovius, the e-book focuses not just on his existence but in addition on key occasions and characters of the interval -- studies of priests, nuns, pilgrims, peasants, saints, and others.
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Extra info for A Bishop's Tale: Mathias Hovius Among His Flock in Seventeenth-Century Flanders
Next came the city’s ﬁve guilds, whose robes and ﬂapping banners bore the archducal colors of blue and white. Just outside the Brussels gate, on a raised platform, waited Mathias Hovius in pontiﬁcal robes, ﬂanked by the clergy of Mechelen. Albert and Isabella rode to the gate, stepped out of their carriage, and ascended the platform. Kneeling on purple cushions provided for them, they kissed the silver cross in the archbishop’s hands. All the bells in the city began to sound, while guns ﬁred in salute.
Indeed for the next two decades more non-noble than noble bishops would be appointed in the Spanish Netherlands. Or was this image of merit an illusion? 29 12:24 OCV:0 The Third Man bishoprics as those which dominated the ecclesiastical map of the Spanish Netherlands? Whatever the reasons for his getting a chance at high church oﬃce, Mathias Hovius was glad to have it. B I S H O P AT L A S T The cardinals understood the situation well enough. The nominee was less learned and eminent than both Laevinus Torrentius and William Allen, and perhaps even Jean Hauchinus.
He held balls and masquerades for his daughters, so that they might learn social graces in addition to French, Latin, riding, hunting, shooting, and prayer. 29 12:24 OCV:0 Isabella’s Dowry in . ’’ It was Isabella who sat alone with Philip in his oﬃce and learned aﬀairs of state while he corresponded with all corners of the empire. It was Isabella who carried his portable writing table, with ink and paper and secrets, for after a recent betrayal Philip no longer trusted any secretary. It was Isabella who, when Philip’s ﬁngers grew stiﬀ, took up the royal pen.