The last but one of the Grand Masters who reigned in Malta, de Rohan, restored good government, abated abuses and promulgated a code of laws; but the ascendancy acquired by the Inquisition over the Order, the confiscation of the property of the knights in France on the outbreak of the Revolution, and the intrigues of the French made the task of regenerating the Order evidently hopeless in the changed conditions of Christendom.
Bonapartes ascendancy did not pass unchallenged.
The ascendancy acquired in these years eventually raised Athens to the rank of an imperial state.
This adventuress soon gained the greatest ascendancy over the cardinal, with whom she had intimate relations.
The beginning of his ascendancy is marked by an unprecedented outward expansion of Athenian power.