Distinguished Irishmen of the sixteenth century; first series

9780217464802: Distinguished Irishmen of the sixteenth century; first series
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1894 Excerpt: ... FATHER HENRY FITZSIMON. THE name of this remarkable Jesuit is not to be found in Payne's Universal Index of Biography, though he was one of the most memorable figures in Ireland at the end of the sixteenth and the beginning of the seventeenth century. From his family descended in the female line Primate Ussher and the Duke of Wellington, and after these two men he was more distinguished than all those who are mentioned in Mr. Ball Wright's History of tlie Ussher Family. According to Wood's Athens Oxoniensis "he was esteemed the chief disputant among those of his party, and so ready and quick that few or none would undertake to deal with him; he was a pillar of the Catholic Church, being esteemed in the better part of his life a great ornament among them, and the greatest defender of their religion in his time." "His enemies agreed in praising his eminent talents for controversy and his extraordinary facility of extempore speaking; and it is doubtful whether as a controversialist he was ever equalled by his kinsman and opponent, James Ussher."2 "He was a subtle professor of philosophy, a great athlete of Christ, renowned in 1 Edited by Bliss, iii. 96. 3 Moreri's Dictionnairc Historique, v. Fitzsimon. his prison, powerful in controversy, and successful in bringing back wanderers to the faith; how great a man he was can be judged from his writings."1 His opinions were considered of great weight, and were often quoted by writers on the Continent. In the History of tlie Province of Upper Germany,S.J.? his testimony and that of other viri gravissimi, such as Spondanus, Lambecius, and Possevinus, are given concerning the merits of the celebrated Gretser; and Ponce de Leon quotes him in his Approbation of Nieremberg's Varones Ilustrcs. His career was chequered and ...

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