"Two Early Tudor Lives" by Richard S.              Sylvester

Two Early Tudor Lives The Life and Death of Cardinal Wolsey by George Cavendish; The Life of Sir Thomas More by William Roper Richard S. Sylvester, Davis P. Harding, George Cavendish, William Roper

Publication date:
10 Sep 1963
Yale University Press
288 pages: 203 x 130mm

Around the year 1557, George Cavendish and William Roper fashioned masterful biographies of two figures who played major roles in the dramatic sequence of events that transformed the face of England.  Each author knew his subject intimately; Cavendish served Wolsey as the Cardinal’s gentleman usher, and Roper was More’s son-in-law.  Each biography has recently been edited from the manuscripts for the Early English Text Society, and the modernized versions presented here are based upon these authoritative editions. 

"To have brought these two 'Lives' together in a single book and to have introduced them with such feeling for their art as well as their understanding of their protagonists is the special virtue of this volume."?Anglican Theological Review

"The serious student of the era and the even larger number of enthusiastic admirers of the historical literature for that complex and challenging age will be profoundly grateful for this compact, modern version of two Tudor classics."?Catholic Historical Review

"These two sixteenth-century biographies, here brought together in one volume, are presented for 'an audience not narrowly restricted, as heretofore, to specialists and antiquarians.' . . . They are carefully based upon the scholarly editions of the Early English Text Society. The editors' introduction, an excellent brief essay, shows how both biographies are consciously and impressively artistic rather than examples of mere chronicling, and why they belong together."?Dalhousie Review