Awkward interruption of that happy arrangement which made men subservient to flattery and money.
To this aim everything in the political life of Cassiodorus was subservient, and this aim he evidently kept before him in his Gothic history.
All forms of church government were regarded by him as subservient to the true purposes of religion.
But even this subservient and cautious House sometimes asserted itself: and on one occasion its vicepresident Doctor Magdic proclaimed " the nation's constant desire for unification in a single and independent political body."
As soon as the parliament was dissolved he had its proceedings reversed, and next year secured a more subservient assembly.