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Ulrich von Hutten might have attained to the high est dignities in church or state, if he could have been content to follow the old paths, and accept the established order of things. But he preferred to be a champion and a martyr in the cause of civil and religious liberty. When a mere lad, he ﬂed from the cloister of Fulda, in order to escape being compelled to embrace a monastic life, as he thought that, in some other career, he could better serve God and his country. Afterwards, he gave up to his family the estate which fell to him, as eldest son, on his father's death, that they might not be involved in the proscription and ruin which he was about to incur by the publication of the Trials Romana, - that tremendous satire upon the mani fold corruptions of Rome, beside whose withering sarcasm and terrible invective, the attacks of About.
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