Biographia Literaria, Or, a Biographical History of Literature; Containing the Lives of English, Scotish [Sic], and Irish Authors, from the Dawn of Letters in These Kingdoms to the Present Time, Chronologically and Classically Volume 1

Biographia Literaria, Or, a Biographical History of Literature; Containing the Lives of English, Scotish [Sic], and Irish Authors, from the Dawn of Letters in These Kingdoms to the Present Time, Chronologically and Classically Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1777 edition. Excerpt: ...instrumental in establishing the English seminary at Rome, and in 1580 was appointed, by the pope, superior of the mission to England.(h) He accordingly set out from Rome with father Campian, seven other priests, and two laynoblemen of their order. Parsons, in the habit of a soldier, was the first of the party that landed in this kingdom, where he was joined by Campian, who was afterwards taken and executed. During 'his short refidence in England he left nothing unattempted to accomplish the intention of his miffion; but when Campion was taken, he thought it most prudent to secure himself by flight. He accordingly made the best of his way to Roan in Normandy, where he printed several books in defence of the cause, and procured them to be dispersed in England.(c) In 1 58 3 he returned to Rome, where he had the entire management of the English miffion. In 1586 he was chosen rector of the English seminary there. In r588 he was sent to Spain, where he left nothing unattempted that could in any wise promote the success of king Philip's invafion of England.(d) That attempt proving unsuccessful, his next scheme was to prevent the succeffion of king james I. and with that view he published his famous CotyZ-rencese) In '1 596 we find him again at Rome, strenuoufiy solliciting a cardinaTs hat; but the pope, having heard several complaints against him, was so far from granting his request, that he was in some danger of being stripped of_si_all his preserments. He took the alarm, and wifely retired to Naples for his health, where he continued till the death of pope Clement VIII. after which he returned to Rome, where he spent the remainder of his life. He died osa fever in the year 1610, and was buried in the chapel of his college, where a monument...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236869753
  • 9781236869753