Polydore Vergil

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Polydore Vergil
NationalityItalian; naturalised English 1510
Known for Historian

Vergil, Polydore


(Polydorus Vergilius). Born circa 1470, in Urbino; died there circa 1555. Historian and humanist. Served at the court of the duke of Urbino and in the papal curia.

In 1498, Vergil published a collection of Latin proverbs and sayings and in 1499 his treatise On the Inventors of Things, which was an attempt to classify the sciences. The greater part of his life, from 1502 to 1551 (?), was spent in England, where he occupied various ecclesiastical positions. Upon an order from the English king Henry VII, in 1505 he began work on the compilation of his English History (books 1-26, 1534; 3rd ed., books 1-27, 1555). Maintaining a humanistic spirit, this work was based on an extensive number of sources and encompasses the history of England up to 1538.


Vainshtein, O. L. Zapadno-evropeiskaia srednovekovaia istoriografiia. Moscow-Leningrad, 1964. Pages 427-31.
Hay, D. Polydore Vergil: Renaissance Historian and Man of Letters. Oxford, 1952.
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Another book I have which I call 'The Supplement to Polydore Vergil,' which treats of the invention of things, and is a work of great erudition and research, for I establish and elucidate elegantly some things of great importance which Polydore omitted to mention.
After all, Richard Ill's reputation may have been unfairly blackened by Polydore Vergil and other Tudor propagandists, but he was certainly no saint.
Boudicca was actually reintroduced into the English historical mindset in 1534, when Polydore Vergil included her in English History.
The findings are in accordance with the records from the medieval historian Polydore Vergil, who said Richard III was buried 'without any pomp or solemn funeral.
This is in keeping with accounts from the medieval historian Polydore Vergil, who said Richard III was buried "without any pomp or solemn funeral".
From Polydore Vergil onward, Tudor historians recorded that the earl of Richmond triumphed over Richard III at Bosworth field owing to the support of "Thomas Stanley, William his brother, Gylbert Talbot, and others innumerable.
Edward III, King of England (1327-1377), Motto of the Order of the Garter, quoted in POLYDORE VERGIL, HISTORIAE ANGLICAE (1535).
The Brutus myth had been attacked by Polydore Vergil and others, who pointed out that little in it jibed with more reputable histories by Julius Caesar and Tacitus.
23) Comparison of More with any other historian, even Polydore Vergil, shows that there are indeed many differences--in the self-consciousness toward the historical project, in the ironic sensibility, and in the literary cohesion of the work.
Knowing the dubiety of this evidence, Dee devoted a dozen folios to proving the various activities of Brutus and Arthur in order to quell those who doubted their existence or actions, such as Polydore Vergil, who proclaimed in 1534 that the whole history of Arthur was a romantic legend.
Polydore Vergil, 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.