Prince Ferdinand of Bulgaria had long been anxious to legalize his position by a reconciliation, and as soon as he got rid of Stamboloff he made advances to the Russian government.
There was no other way but to legalize the new faith in Germany, but only those were to be tolerated who accepted the Augsburg Confession.
He packed the privy council, the army and the universities with Catholics, and tried to legalize the exercise of their religion by an utterly unconstitutional Declaration of Indulgence.
But if it is a question of derogating from the common law, the authority of the Holy See must intervene to legalize these derogations.
To legalize his arbitrary acts Duke John dared to summon the estates together, after he had issued stringent orders to the sheriffs to exclude his enemies and return his friends when the members for the Commons were chosen.