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onde been as venal as h
e was suspected of bein
g--which we have thus p
roof positive that he w
as not--he never could
have obtained the recom
pense, which, according
to Philip's thrifty po
licy, was not to be pai
d until it had been ear
ned. Sainte Aldegonde's
hands were clean. It i
s pity that we cannot r
ender the same tribute
to his political consis
tency of character. It
is also certain that he
remained--not without
reason--for a long time
under a cloud. He beca
me the object of unboun
ded and reckless calumn
y. Antwerp had fallen,
History of the United Netherlands from the Death of William the Silent to the Twelve Year's Truce — Complete (1584-86) by Motley, John Lothrop, 1814-1877