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Hitherto there has been no comprehensive, let alone modern or accurate listing and analysis of this correspondence, in large part due to the complexity of the manuscript traditions and the difficulties of legibility. The present work makes this vast body of material accessible to the researcher, summarising each letter (and printing key texts), together with necessary identification and comment. The first three volumes in this set will contain the correspondence; the fourth will provide a biographical companion to all persons mentioned, and will in itself constitute a major research tool.
In the period covered by this volume Pole reached the summit of his already high standing in Rome, as twice legate to the council of Trent and nearly successful candidate to succeed Paul III, only to trade this all for an unexpected chance to become 'pope' in England as Julius III's direct representative with extraordinarily broad powers for the restoration of the Catholic Church.
Author Biography: Thomas F. Mayer, Professor of History and Chairman of the Center for the Study of the Christian Millennium, Augustana College, Rock Island, USA