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W. B. Stanford, Ireland and the Classical Tradition (IAP 1976; 1984), Edmund Campion, recorded in 1571 after a visit to Ireland his surprise that the meer Irish spoke Latin like a vulgar tongue but without any precepts or observations of congruity. (Historie, Dublin 1633, p.18.); friend of Richard Stanihurst. ALSO, Stanford quotes from Historie his contemptuous remark in 1571 that in their schools of leach-craft the Irish as children by conning by roate the Aphorismes of Hypocrates and few other parings of medical lore. (Historie of Ireland, 1633, I, 6, 18)
Joseph Th. Leerssen, Mere Irish and Fior-Ghael (Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 1986), notes that Edmund Campion fled from England and stayed with his erstwhile Oxford acquaintance Richard Stanyhurst, producing a History of Ireland in manuscript there in 1569[?], which he revised in an initial version of 1571; the MS was published by Sir James Ware in 1633, but by that date, Stanyhursts Description of Ireland, printed in Holinsheds Chronicle of 1577, was already based upon it.
P.J. Kavanagh, Voices in Ireland (1994), quotes Campion's narrative: I found a fragment of an epistle wherein a virtuous monk declareth that to him (travailing in Ulster) came to a grave gentleman about Easter [...] the priest demanded him whether he were faultless in the sin of homicide? he answered that he never wist the matter to be heinous before; but being instructed thereof he confessed the murther of five. (Kavanagh, op. cit, p.121). Kavanagh goes on to quote Standish Hayes OGrady who wrote in Silva Gadelica that it were better for him to have tarried with the wild men that never harmed him, or in some of the lands which he visited after them; when he returned, his own highly civilised countrymen rewarded his John-Bullism with a degree higher than any he had taken at Oxford: in fact, on 1st of December 1581, they hanged and quartered him.
Gerard Kilroy, Eternal Glory: Edmund Campion, Times Literary Supplement (8 March 2001): his Two Bokes of the Histories of Ireland, written in ten weeks, much of which was cut and pasted into Holinshed. Discusses Sir John Haringtons commission to a one-eyed servant to carry Campions book over the Irish sea; his son wrote this account his fathers literary affection for an elegy to Campion written by Henry Walpole: But of Campion, though be had the death of a Traytor, yet there was an Epitaph written fit for a Martyr, and in my fathers Judgement, who as I presume to say could both write well and Judge well, It was the best English verse , and I think the last English verse that ever he redd. Sir John Harington [of Stepney] was also responsible for the transcription of a long heroic poem by Campion on the birth of the church (Sancta salutiferi nascentia semina verbi) which is critical of secular power and affirms the importance of the see of Rome. Kilroy recounts the seizure of Campion books and papers among which his histories of Ireland. He quotes a letter to Gregory Martin written by Campion from Prague in 1577 [as infra] (TLS, p.13.)
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Ubi sunt?: Make the most of Rome. Do you see the dead corpse of that Imperial City? What in this life can be glorious, if such wealth, such beauty, has come to nothing? But what men have stood firm in these miserable changes, what things? The relics of the Saints and the chair of the Fisherman. O prudence! Why is heaven neglected for worldly glory, when we see with our own eyes that even in this world the kinds of this world could not preserve these monuments of their vanity, these trophies of their folly! What will this smoke seem in the ether of heaven when it so soon blows away in the atmosphere of earth? Campion was a fellow and a lecturer in Rhetoric at St. Johns College, Oxford. The long poem discussed here is held as British Library Add. MS 36529. (Quoted in Gerard Kilroy, Eternal Glory: Edmund Campion [feature article], Times Literary Supplement, 8 March 2001, , p.13.)
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Edmund Campion, in his History of Ireland, is reported as describing Mac Tháil as giving welcome advice to a whole synode of Bishoppes assembled in Dublin ... (p.62; see George A. Little, Dublin Before the Vikings, 1957).
Father of the bard: Edmund Campion may have met John Shakespeare, father of the dramatist, while travelling through the English midlands towards Lancashire, while William may have ridden north to Ho[u]ghton Tower to meet Campion as a sub-seminarian; see letter from Peter Milward (Times Literary Supplement, Jan. 1998), making reference to his own work Shakespeares religious Background (1973), and also to Richard Wilsons article on the subjectof Shakespeares Catholic education among the Jesuits (TLS, 19 Dec. 1997, p.19).
Errata: [?]Harrison for Harington in Marshs Catalogue.
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