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.
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".
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.
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).
Edward III, King of England (1327-1377), Motto of the Order of the Garter, quoted in POLYDORE VERGIL, HISTORIAE ANGLICAE (1535).
Exclusion applies to few humanists, and the lack of Pietro del Monte and Polydore Vergil was forgiven, though it could be argued that they should feature in a work that will be consulted by English scholars because of cultural interaction between Italy and England; Pietro Martire Vermigli has an entry and he, like Polydore, wrote more in England than in Italy.