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PREFACETHE TIME AND THE ACTORSFor the beginning of the story we must go back over three hundred years to the middle of the Sixteenth centuryIt
was an age of romance when the caravels of Columbus had but just ierced the cloud of mystery an age of romance when the caravels of Columbus had but just ierced the cloud of mystery gloom shutting out the west and all Europe
was ringing with tales of the wondrous new ringing with tales of the wondrous new realms beyond the sunset It was an age of credulous beliefs and magnificent undertakings when bold hearted adventurers sailed forth in search of El Dorados and empires bold hearted adventurers sailed forth in search of El Dorados and empires in barba. ,
Ric treasure was the age of
Rome's temporal dominion when he who held the Keys of St Peter laid claim to the entiretemporal dominion when he who held the Keys of St Peter laid claim to the entire World and arceled it out among his faithful children An age of faith when in every happening devout believers recognized the direct ersonal manifestation of a controlling supreme God; of intense religious feuds when difference of creed meant enmity the most unrelenting and cruelty the most merciless; of fanaticism when deluded men believing themselves chosen instruments of the Most High. Mistook the instigation of the
Devil For The Inspiration Offor the inspiration of of heroes when at the hands of such bigots brave men knew how to die rather than surrender the faith that was dear to them; finally of a new knight errantry when indignant at a sovereign's apathy individuals took upon themselves single handed the task
OF AVENGING THEIR MARTYRED COUNTRYMENTHESE WEREavenging their martyred countrymenThese were times and the actors; and such were the motives that we shall find reflected in the opening chapters of St Augustine's strangely cheuered histor.