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1906 Excerpt: ... which His Majesty would literally have had
nothing to eat."' It was to Charles, therefore, that the Emperor
looked for the means to carry on his campaign; but the young King
of Spain had just ungratefully dismissed Cardinal Ximenes, who had
secured for him his Castilian throne; all Spain was in revolt
against his Flemish advisers and opposed to his imperial ambitions;
and, to express their displeasure, his new subjects were refusing
to grant him subsidies unless he would agree to recognize their
liberties and remain in Spain. For Charles, therefore, as for his
grandfather, ready money--beyond the ninety-four thousand florins
he had sent from the Netherlands before he set out for Spain--was
absolutely unattainable. If he were to compete with Francis, it was
only by means of credit that he could hope to outbid his rival. The
Diet of When, therefore, in February, 1518, the Diet began to 1618
assemble in Augsburg, the chances of Francis I for the im perial
succession seemed well assured; and Leo X, determined if possible
to unite Christendom in a campaign against the Infidel, was ready
to throw his influence upon the side of the candidate most likely
to promote this cause. To preach, the holy war, a papal legate,
Thomas de Vio, Cardinal Cajetan, was present, by whose well-known
eloquence the Pope expected to revive the spirit of the crusades. A
moment more inopportune could not, however, have been chosen; for
Germany, on the point of insurrection against the Papacy, was not
in a mood to accept the plans of Leo X, whom the followers of
Martin Luther--whose work as a reformer had just begun--were
disposed to regard as an enemy more worthy of opposition than the
Turk. 1 See Ehrenberg, Das Zeitalter der Fugger, I, p. 100. In
truth, it was felt that it was Fra...
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