Montesquieu

An English law pas­sed under Henry VIII decla­red anyone who pre­dic­ted the king’s death guilty of high trea­son. This law was quite vague ; des­po­tism is so fear­some that it turns against even those who exer­cise it. During that king’s last ill­ness, the phy­si­cians never dared to say he was in dan­ger, and they doubt­less acted in conse­quence.1

See the History of the Reformation by Mr. Burnet.