Under the persecution, a large number were killed, and between four and five millions of Protestants left the country.
Even the stormy days of the last persecution yielded some considerable writers, such as Methodius in the East and Lactantius in the West.
The Christians suffered from systematic persecution, and many historians, with a strange lack of historical insight, have poured denunciation upon him for an attitude which was the natural outcome of his convictions.
Holland from the moment that it joined the union of Utrecht (1579) deliberately set its face against religious persecution (Jewish Encyclopedia, i.
The activity of the Inquisition was redoubled, and persecution raged throughout the Netherlands.