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LIFE

OF

KING HENRY THE EIGHTH,

POUNDED ON

AUTHENTIC AND ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS,

(SOME OF THEM NOT BEFORE PUBLISHED ;)

INCLUDING

AN HISTORICAL VIEW OF HIS REIGN;

WITH

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES

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WOLSEY, MORE, ERASMUS, CROMWELL, CRANMER,

AND OTHER EMINENT CONTEMPORARIES.

BY PATRICK FRASER TYTLER, ESQ., F. S. A.

WITH A PORTRAIT OF HENRY, ENGRAVED BY HORSBURGH.

EDINBURGH:
OLIVER & BOYD, TWEEDDALE COURT;
AND SIMPKIN, MARSHALL, & co., LONDON.

MDCCCXXXVII.

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PREFACE.

The following Work is written upon the same plan, and aims at nearly the same object, as the Author's LIFE of Sir WALTER RALEIGH. It is a piece of historical biography, in which enough of history is given to render the great events of the period it embraces clear in their origin, progress, and consequences, and where, at the same time, there is introduced that minuteness of detail, which, when we have to describe the actions of illustrious men, constitutes the great charm of Biography, imparting indivi. duality and distinctness of outline to the principal personages

who

occupy the picture. In the canvass, the monarch himself forms the prominent figure; but round him are grouped those eminent characters, who were the chief actors and thinkers of the times, -the ministers, the favourites, and the victims of their master.

The Author has attempted also to throw some light upon a subject which has escaped the attention of our popular writers,--the introduction of the learned languages and of classical literature into

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