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HARPSFIELD, Nicholas.
Historia anglicana ecclesiastica
Douai, M. Wyon, 1622. [FIRST PRINTED ACCOUNT OF HENRY VIII'S DIVORCE] Folio, 3 works in one, half-title to second, pp. (xxiv) 1-660, 661-740, 741-743 746-779 [i.e., 775] (i). Roman letter, little Italic, t-p in red and black. Engraved vignette to t-p, decorated initials and ornaments. Variable browning (poor quality paper), t-p spotted, lower outer blank corner of A4 repaired, very minor spotting, occasional light waterstaining to upper margins, minor worming to lower blank margin of final gatherings. A perfectly acceptable copy in contemporary vellum, yapp edges, title inked to spine, inscription c.1800 questa opera è di un Cattolico Romano to fly. Second edition of this major work of English Reformation history, including the first printed account of Henry VIII s divorce. Nicholas Harpsfield (1519-75) was a Catholic priest, theologian and historian who, after reading canon law at Oxford, became friends with Thomas More and during his brief exile to escape the increasingly rigid reformism, composed the account of Thomas s martyrdom. Upon Queen Mary s accession, he was appointed Archdeacon of Canterbury and involved in trials of hardened Protestants, being singled out for his ruthlessness in John Foxe s Book of Martyrs . During his later years, imprisoned in the Tower of London, he penned an attack on the validity of Henry VIII s divorce, one against the Wycliffite heresy , and the Historia anglicana ecclesiastica , a posthumously published history of all English dioceses from the first century AD, according to the great tradition of Bede and William of Malmesbury. The edit … [Click Below for Full Description]
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