Three Books of Polydore Vergil's English History, Comprising the Reigns of Henry VI., Edward IV., and Richard III. from an Early Translation, Preserved Among the Mss. of the Old Royal Library in the British Museum, Volum 29

Sir Henry Ellis
Camden society, 1844 - 244 sider

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Side xxxii - With respect to _ the books included in the above translation, the same critic observes, that . it is important to know that Polydore wrote this portion of his work whilst many of the persons alluded to in the events of the reigns of Edward IV. and Richard III. were alive, and who communicated with him ' (Pref. pp. xxviii. and xxxii). The work of EDWARD HALL, entitled The Union Edward of the Two Noble Families of Lancaster and...
Side xxviii - It was,' says Sir Henry Ellis, ' the first of our histories in which the writer ventured to compare the facts and weigh the statements of his predecessors ; and it was the first in which summaries of personal 1 Fasciculi Zizanierum Magistri Johannis Wyclif cum Tritico.
Side 227 - ... craft and deceyt. The whyle he was thinking of any matter, he dyd contynually byte his nether lyppe, as thowgh that crewell nature of his did so rage agaynst yt self in that lyttle carkase. Also he was woont to be ever with his right hand pulling out of the sheath to the myddest, and putting in agane, the dagger which he did alway were. Trewly he had a sharp witt, provydent and subtyle, apt both to...
Side iii - Conteining the deuisers and fyrste fynders oute as well of Artes, Ministeries, Feactes, and ciuill ordinaunces, as of the Rites and Ceremonies commonly vsed in the churche : and the original beginnyng of the same. Compendiouslye gathered by Thomas Langley.
Side 70 - There was in him honest shamfastnes, modestie, innocencie, and perfect patience, taking all humane chances, miseries, and all afflictions of this life in so good part as though he had justly by some his offence deserved the same.
Side xx - Historin peritiseimus," was born at Urbino in Italy, in the latter half of the fifteenth century, and died 1555. He was Archdeacon of Wells in 1508, and was employed by Henry VII. to write a history of England. " His attainments went far beyond the common learning of his age. The earlier part of his history interfered with the prejudices of the English. He discarded Brute as an unreal personage ; and considered Geoffrey of Monmouth's history an heterogeneous mixture of fact and fable, furnishing...
Side 227 - ... faylyd him not in the very death, which, whan his men forsooke him, he rather yealded to take with the swoord, than by fowle flyght to prolong his lyfe, uncertane what death perchance soon after by sicknes or other vyolence to suffer.