Polydore Vergil

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Polydore Vergil
NationalityItalian; naturalised English 1510
Known for Historian
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

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.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in classic literature ?
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.
One aim of the Breviary was to defend the traditional British history popularised by Geoffrey of Monmouth - which traced the earliest kings of Britain to the Trojan exile Brutus - against the Italian humanist historian Polydore Vergil, "who sought not only to obscure the glory of the British name, but also to defame the Britons themselves with slanderous lies".
The last Plantagenet and the last ruling monarch to die in combat was said by Tudor chronicler Polydore Vergil to have been buried in a Leicester Franciscan House, three days after the fight.
Headley explores representative figures of the era involved in the colonization/evangelization of the New World, such as the "Jesuit-turned-humanist" Giovanni Botero, the humanist Polydore Vergil, the Jesuit missionary Jose de Acosta, and the Spanish viceroy of Peru, Francisco de Toledo.
The early humanist historians in England, Polydore Vergil and Thomas More, bore some essential similarities to medieval constructions of "history" and its purpose, though one of their central departures from the medieval writers was that the humanist historians saw historical exempla more often as potential political and civic models than as moral or spiritual ones; see Antonia Gransden, Historical Writing in England: c.
It challenges the detractors of this work, aiming to present a truer likeness of Richard III through the eyes of his contemporaries, such as Dominic Mancini and the Crowland chronicler, Polydore Vergil, More, and the earliest Tudor chroniclers, as well as modern research.
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".
1513-18), Polydore Vergil's Anglica Historia (History of England) (1534, written c.
His subject was explored on two levels: how historiography served to stimulate a new national self-consciousness in the countries of Europe (example: Polydore Vergil), and how historiography affected discourse on the regional level (example: Erasmus Stella).
For someone like Tatfrith (bishop of Whitby) little could be said; for others like William of Malmesbury, for example, more information was available (padded out by a digression, which Leland later deleted, castigating his bite noire, Polydore Vergil, for omitting William from his Historia Anglica).