Thursday, January 10, 2019

First Paragraph

In the winter of 1538, an Englishman living in Italy travelled to Florence. Cardinal Reginald Pole was a devout adherent of the Church of Rome at a time when the English Reformation threatened to tear the Church apart. He had fled into self-imposed exile from his native shores after opposing King Henry VIII's divorce from Catherine of Aragon, and settled in Italy.

- From Be Like the Fox: Machiavelli's Lifelong Quest for Freedom by Erica Benner

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