Henry Viii Vol. I

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Henry Viii Vol. I ePUB ebook download THE TRIUMPHANT REIGN OF KING HENRY THE VIII VOL - INTRoDUCTION - VIII., was born in London towards the end of the fifteenth century. His parents, of gentle birth and affluent circumstances, gave their son the best education that the time afforded, and from Eton he proceeded, in 1514, to Kings College, Cambridge, where he took his degree in due course. In the spurious edition of Woods Athena it is claimed that he also studied at Oxford, but there is no evidence that he visited the other University, and the credit of his nurture is due to Cambridge alone. After leaving Cambridge, he entered Grays Inn, where he speedily became eminent in the practice of the i law. John Bale praises his eloquence and erudition, as well he might, since they were of the same side both in politics and theology. Edvuardus Hallus, says the historian of English writers, politioribus a tenera aetate literis adornatus, ex longo Brytannicarum legum studio, peritissimus evasit. Nor did his industry and learning go without their reward. In I532 he was appointed Common Serjeant of the City of London, and presently became a judge in the Sheriffs Court. Though, like many a greater man than himself, he has baffled the biographer, his name occurs now and again in the His father was John Hall, of Northall, in Shropshire, while his mother was Catherinc, the daughter and heiress of Thomas Gedding. Herbert, quoted in Amess Typographical Antiyuities, gives him an august ancestry. These Halles, says he, were of KinnersJey and Northall, in the county ofsalop, and descended from Sir Fnncis Halle, a natural son of Albert, Archduke of Austria, King of the Romans, so called from being born at the city of Halle, in Tyrol. The statement is improbable and unsupported records of the time, and it is safe to conclude that his career was successful, as well as prudent. He was, as Fuller says, well-affected to the Reformation he adhered, in prosperity as in disaster, to the Kings party and he was not allowed to suffer for his faithful allegiance. That the King can do no wrong was the maxim of his life, as of his book and he followed Henry VIII. through the twists and turns of his tortuous policy with a patient submissiveness which was safe, if not always creditable. Not merely did he approve the abolishing of the papal power and the declaration of the Kings supremacy he made a speech in the Commons in favour of the Six Articles, that whip with six strings, as the people called it, which relentlessly undid the work of reform. His argument was characteristic To be short, said he, in chronicles it may be found that the most part of ceremonies now used in the Church of England were by princes either first invented, or at the least established and, as we see, the same do till this day continue. Thus he would permit neither the Clergy to propound and defend its doctrines, nor his fellow-citizens to exercise their private judgment. Moreover, he closed his harangue with a text wherewith he was ready to justify the last cruelties of his sovereign. For it is written, exclaimed he, obey your King. And he obeyed his King with a zeal, which he esteemed more highly than the truth, and which ensured his employment on many delicate occasions. He was one of the London Commissioners appointed in 1540 for the suppression of heresy he visited Anne Askew in her cell, in the hope of hearing her recantation and by way of recompense for his many services he received a grant of Abbey lands, which doubtless was a solace to his later years...

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