By Mr. Craig Harline
This soaking up booklet takes us again to the busy, colourful global of a Netherlandish Catholic bishop and his flock from 1596 to 1620. dependent upon the lately came upon daybook of Mathius Hovius, the booklet focuses not just on his lifestyles but additionally on key occasions and characters of the interval. Episodes within the lives of priests, nuns, pilgrims, peasants, saints, and others deliver to lifestyles the adventure of faith throughout the Counterreformation.
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Further rain was ignored. ’’ then throwing handfuls of gold and silver coins among the crowd. Barrels of pitch on the street and torches on every home blazed into the night to keep the city bright. Albert and Isabella retired to the palace of Hoogstraten, where twenty years before the archbishop had spent so many uncomfortable hours in a wardrobe. The next day most everyone left by barge, for Antwerp, to do it all over again. To the archbishop, whose participation ended in Mechelen, all of the Joyous Entries seemed a huge success.
In gratitude for his appointment, Archbishop Hovius hosted the customary dinner with as much grace and ﬁnery as he could muster. He was surely assisted in this by his loyal older sister, Catharina, now sixty, who so long ago had encouraged him to study, and who now would run his household. Though the dinner inevitably fell short of the standard set by Cardinal Granvelle at his consecration in , this archbishop would stay in town beyond the last course, rather than leave immediately—and forever.
He was oﬀered the prominent position of archdeacon in the cathedral chapter of St. Rombout’s-in-exile, and accepted. And he accepted appointment as the vicar-general-inexile of the archdiocese of Mechelen. Still, for the moment this was all wishful thinking and musical chairs: none of these oﬃces in the chapter or archdiocese would mean anything unless those who held them could someday return to a Catholic and royalist Mechelen. 6062 Harline / A BISHOPS TALE / sheet 35 of 397 The Third Man In July that ﬁnally became possible.