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Monsignor Ronald Knox: Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford and Protonotary Apostolic to His Holiness Pope Pius XII, Compiled from the Original Sources (Classic Reprint)

Evelyn Waugh June 22, 2018

Excerpt from Monsignor Ronald Knox Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford and Protonotary Apostolic to His Holiness Pope Pius XII, Compiled From the Original Sources Ronald Knox lacked only longevity to be a national figure Had he lived to be eighty he would, most unwillingly, have found himself assumed into that odd circle of ancient savants and charlatans whom the SovereignExcerpt from Monsignor Ronald Knox Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford and Protonotary Apostolic to His Holiness Pope Pius XII, Compiled From the Original Sources Ronald Knox lacked only longevity to be a national figure Had he lived to be eighty he would, most unwillingly, have found himself assumed into that odd circle of ancient savants and charlatans whom the Sovereign delights to honour and the popular press treats with some semblance of reverence He died at sixty nine still essentially a private person This book, I surmise, will prove to be the forerunner of many weightier studies of him Its primary purpose is to tell the story of his exterior life, not to give a conspectus of his thought still less to measure his spiritual achievements His published works provide abundant material for research and criticism by specialists in many subjects Here I have attempted to give the essential biographical facts they will need How do I come to be writing it the reader may ask In 1950 Ronald asked if he might appoint me in his will as his sole literary executor There was not much than fifteen years between us the clergy are notoriously longer lived than the laity I did not think it likely my services would be needed But he put my name down and left it there One of my duties was to appoint his official biographer He was himself one of Hilaire Belloc s literary executors and, three years later, when we were discussing the choice of Belloc s biographer, I raised the question of his own Yes, I suppose someone will want to write something, he said without enthusiasm He had grown up in a tradition by which everyone had some literary commemoration, even the men of twenty who were killed in battle, and he regarded the attention of a biographer as an inevitable concomitant of death like that of the coffinmaker and grave digger Later he spoke of writing his autobiography Until the end of 1956 it did not occur to me that I should outlive him early in 1957 it seemed probable that I would do so, and I conceived the ambition of attempting the portraits myself About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books Find at forgottenbooks This book is a reproduction of an important historical work Forgotten Books uses state of the art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.


  • Title: Monsignor Ronald Knox: Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford and Protonotary Apostolic to His Holiness Pope Pius XII, Compiled from the Original Sources (Classic Reprint)
  • Author: Evelyn Waugh
  • ISBN: 9781331800309
  • Page: 357
  • Format: Paperback
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