John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton, 1. The History of Freedom in Antiquity Kontext: At all times sincere friends of freedom have been rare, and its triumphs have been due to minorities, that have prevailed by associating themselves with auxiliaries whose objects often differed from their own; and this association, which is always dangerous, has been sometimes disastrous, by giving to opponents just grounds of opposition, and by kindling dispute over the spoils in the hour of success. The History of Freedom in Christianity Kontext: Nations eagerly invested their rulers with every prerogative needed to preserve their faith, and all the care to keep Church and State asunder, and to prevent the confusion of their powers, which had been the work of ages, was renounced in the intensity of the crisis. Atrocious deeds were done, in which religious passion was often the instrument, but policy was the motive. Fanaticism displays itself in the masses; but the masses were rarely fanaticised; and the crimes ascribed to it were commonly due to the calculations of dispassionate politicians.
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Unless otherwise stated in the Copyright Information section above, this material may be used freely for educational and academic purposes. It may not be used in any way for profit. We have presented here in the Forum the Appendix from a collection of Acton's essays which were published posthumously. In these letters to Bishop Creighton Acton expresses his moral philosophy which he believes it right and proper for the historian to carry over into his professional work, namely the condemnation of murder, theft, and violence whether committed by an individual, the state, or the Church.
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He is perhaps best known for the remark, "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men John Acton's grandfather succeeded to the baronetcy and family estates in Shropshire in The estates had previously been held by another English branch of the Acton family.
This volume must be regarded not as the support of an existing reputation, or as a bid for the establishment of posthumous renown, but as the record and memorial of a rare and attractive personality. The accurate, insatiable, and broad-minded student is revealed ; the generous champion of a noble cause which has suffered temporary defeat is seen on the field of his eager endeavour in controversy with Popes and Cardinals for the sake of freedom and truth ; and the principles which he brought to the study of history or elicited from his observation of men and affairs throughout the centuries are set forth for all to read. The Civil War In America. Half a century ago a writer of great authority delivered the opinion that few things in history were better known than the divorce of Catharine of Aragon.