Archbishop Pole

Archbishop Pole

by John Edwards


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Archbishop Pole by John Edwards

This fresh exploration of the life, work and writing of Archbishop Pole, focuses particularly on Pole’s final years (1556-58) as Archbishop of Canterbury. Fully integrating Pole’s English and Continental European experiences, John Edwards places these in their historical context and signposts lessons for contemporary issues and concerns. Stressing the events and character of Pole's 'English' life, up to his exile in the 1530s, as well as in his final years in England (1554-58), this book explores his close relationship, both genealogical and emotional, with Henry VIII and Mary I. Portraying Pole as a crucial figure in the Catholic-Protestant division, which still affects Britain today, this book details the first, and so far last, attempt to restore Roman Catholicism as the 'national religion' of England and Wales by telling the life-story of the hinge figure in forging English religious and political identity for several centuries. The final section of this book draws together important and illuminating source material written by Pole during his years as Archbishop of Canterbury.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781409420576
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/28/2014
Series: Archbishops of Canterbury Series
Pages: 330
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

John Edwards is a Member of the Faculty of History and a Research Fellow at the Modern Languages Faculty, University of Oxford. He is a fellow of the George Bell Institute at the University of Chichester, and has authored numerous books including The Spanish Inquisition and Mary I.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Family and upbringing; The king's servant; Rupture; Reform; Homecoming?; Legate and archbishop; Consolidation and crisis; Dying; Legacy; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.

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