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The Cardinal Protectors of England: Rome and the Tudors Before the…

by William E. Wilkie

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1338. The Cardinal Protectors of England: Rome and the Tudors Before the Reformation, by William E. Wilkie (7 June 1975) The author was in my class at college and I always liked him so I read his book. This book is a tour de force of historical research. Much isn't too interesting, but the footnotes shout how Father Wilkie grubbed through ancient correspondence. The book covers the period 1485 to 1539. Bill says the best of the more recent accounts of Henry VIII's divorce are The King's Great Matter by G. de C. Parmiter (London 1967) and J. J. Scarisbuck's Henry VIII (London 1968). I had forgotten he said this, yet nevertheless I had the good sense to read the latter book on 15 Feb 2003 and found it a very solid book full of good information. ( )
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A personal and political history, unpredictable and often tragic, of the series of Italian cardinals who undertook, at the invitation of the crown, to serve the king and England in the papal court. It also investigates fully the character of Anglo-papal relations in the two generations before the break with Rome. The familiar story of Henry VIII's campaign to divorce Catherine of Aragon is presented in its full context and from a Roman point of view. The account begins with the origins of the cardinal protectorship under Henry VII and concentrates on the long and intimate relationship of Henry VIII and Wolsey with Giulio de'Medici (later Pope Clement VII) and Lorenzo Campeggio, the cardinal protectors of England from 1514 until 1534 and the two Roman churchmen most involved in the divorce. The important matter of papal provisions to bishoprics in England and Ireland as well as in Scotland and elsewhere is studied against a background of European diplomacy and personal intrigue.

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