John Knox on the crime of maintaining tyrants in their tyranny

[A]s your princes and rulers are criminal, with your bishops, of all idolatry committed, and of all the innocent blood that is shed for the testimony of Christ’s truth, and that because they maintain them in their tyranny, so are you (I mean so many of you as give no plain confession to the contrary) criminal and guilty with your princes and rulers, of the same crimes, because ye assist and maintain your princes in their blind rage, and give no declaration that their tyranny displeaseth you.

John Knox, ‘Address to the commonality of Scotland (1558)’ in R. S. Candlish (ed.), Select practical writings of John Knox (1845; Edinburgh, 2011), p. 171.


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