The Romans in return restored central Greece to the league, but by withholding its former Thessalian possessions excited its deep resentment.
It was hard to say whether Alex was withholding facts so she couldn't contest his decisions or it simply didn't concern her.
By withholding the tribute which Irene had agreed to pay to Harun al-Rashid, Nicephorus committed himself to a war with the Saracens.
A few peasants of Lombardy still believe that one who has received extreme unction ought to be left to die, and that sick people may be starved to death through the withholding of food on superstitious grounds.
The aim of the work is to show, on Scriptural grounds, that sins of professing Christians are to be punished by civil authority, and not by withholding of sacraments on the part of the clergy.