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Christopher Urswick and His Books: The Reading of Henry VII'S Almoner

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Abstract:

Scrutinises extant books from the library of the clerical man of affairs Christopher Urswick (1440s–1521/2) and his reading of them. Urswick, Henry VII's almoner from 1485, was an acquaintance of Polydore Vergil and Erasmus, and in contact with Colet, Lily, More and Tunstal. The annotated books surviving from his library suggest a devout and influential ecclesiastic and court official of the middle rank, preoccupied with the maintenance of private and public morality and the protection of the church from secular interference. Urswick was a characteristic representative of the new men who contributed to the establishment of the first Tudor on the throne.

Keywords: England; Henry VII; Private libraries; Urswick, Christopher

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1477-4658.00038

Publication date: March 1, 1987

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