By Ian Buruma
"Imaginative, original--wittily written."--The Washington submit e-book World
To a few, England has lengthy represented tolerance, cause, and political moderation. To others, it's a moribund bastion of snobbery and superseded culture. during this energetic and diverting social heritage, famous writer Ian Buruma, himself the son of Dutch immigrants to England, presents an incisive examine anglophilia--and anglophobia--over the final centuries.
From passionate fans like Voltaire and Goethe, to exiles like Garibaldi and Herzen, to colourful England-bashers like Napoleon, Marx, and Kaiser Wilhelm II, Anglomania offers a sharply satirical account of Europe's occasionally comical, occasionally lethal prejudices, and explains why England's individuality and her courting with Europe remains to be very important as we input the twenty-first century.
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Seeking recognition of the legitimacy of his dynasty and a strong continental alliance, he had, in 1489, signed the treaty of Medina del Campo and committed England to war with France in support of Spain. Apart from any other benefits that England might have realised through this treaty, it was agreed that the alliance should be sealed by the union of the two royal houses by marriage. By 1496, the negotiations had concluded and Catherine, daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain, was to be married to the heir to the English throne, Arthur Tudor.
The bull had been written as if Henry himself were making the request, but he was under age at the time and therefore incapable of suing for the dispensation. In addition, by the time the marriage was 30 solemnised all those who had made the original application and for whom, presumably, the cause of peace had been so important were dead. This entire line of argument sought to challenge the motivation of Julius II in granting the original bull. As that motivation was seen to be faulty, the bull itself was therefore argued to be void.
7 This was true of all Henry’s councillors, no matter how important they may have appeared: they did their jobs at the pleasure of the king, and those who displeased the king were in serious jeopardy – as both Wolsey and, later, Thomas Cromwell discovered. Born in Ipswich in 1472, the son of a butcher, Wolsey possessed an intellect and ability which were recognised early. In a way that was more typical of previous centuries and was just beginning to 31 change in the sixteenth, he made his way to power through the Church.
Anglomania: A European Love Affair by Ian Buruma