Excerpt from Life of Reginald Pole The Life of Reginald Cardinal Pole would have been written by the Rev. Ethelred Taunton, had not an untimely death struck him down at the beginning of his task - leaving the world poorer for those who had the happiness of his friendship. After waiting to see if... show more
Excerpt from Life of Reginald Pole The Life of Reginald Cardinal Pole would have been written by the Rev. Ethelred Taunton, had not an untimely death struck him down at the beginning of his task - leaving the world poorer for those who had the happiness of his friendship. After waiting to see if some worthier pen would take up the interrupted work, I ventured upon it, encouraged by the kindness of Father Taunton's literary executor, who was good enough to entrust his notes and data to me. These, collected with exhaustive research and care from the archives and printed books in England, were of invaluable assistance, and a sure guide to further research in Rome and other places in Italy. This is the extent of my obligation, which I gratefully acknowledge: for the book itself I am entirely responsible, and from a few of the notes, and especially from some of the statements in Taunton's brilliant study. The Life of Wolsey, his views on one or two important points appeared to be unsupported by the facts, and against the weight of the evidence: conclusions which his own further researches would doubtless have led him to modify. The first Life of Pole, written in Italian by his friend and Secretary, Ludovico Beccatelli, Archbishop of Ragusa, was published at Venice in 1563, and a Latin translation with a few minor additions by Andreas Dudith, who had accompanied the Cardinal to England, appeared shortly afterwards. An interesting English version was published in England in 1686 during the short reign of James II, entitled Some Observations upon the Life of Reginaldus Polus, Cardinal of the Royal Bloud of England. Sent in a Pacquet out of Wales by G. L. [G. Lyde], Gentleman and Servant to the late Majesty of Henrietta Maria of Bourbon, mother to the present King. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.