For all its preaching on the virtues of tolerance England forgot its altruistic principles in suppressing the Catholic Church in Ireland. The cruelty of Henry VIII and Elizabeth was a matter of record. Spain was never guilty of such ruthlessness. In fact ridiculous in the extreme was the ambiguous position of Anglicans who claimed to be both Catholic and Protestant. But then Maistre was accustomed to such self-contradictory statements, examples of which were abundant amount English leaders of the Enlightenment.

Charles M. Lombard, Introduction to Letters on the Spanish Inquisition, by Count Joseph de Maistre


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