* 1 Life * 2 As a historian
* 3 Works
* 3.1 Articles * 3.2 Miscellany
* 4 Notes * 5 References * 6 External links
Gasquet was born in London.
Upon his recovery he became a member of the Pontifical Commission to
study the validity of the Anglican ordinations (1896) leading to
He was created Cardinal-deacon in 1914 with the titular see of San Giorgio in Velabro . He was conferred with the titular see of Santa Maria in Portico in 1915.
In 1917, he was appointed Archivist of the
Vatican Secret Archives
He died in Rome.
AS A HISTORIAN
His historical work has been attacked by later writers. Geoffrey Elton wrote of "the falsehoods purveyed by Cardinal Gasquet and Hilaire Belloc ." His collaboration with Edmund Bishop has been described as "an alliance between scholarship exquisite and deplorable." A polemical campaign by G. G. Coulton against Gasquet was largely successful in discrediting his works in academic eyes. One of his books contained an appendix "A Rough List of Misstatements and Blunders in Cardinal Gasquet's Writings.
David Knowles wrote a reasoned piece of apologetics on Gasquet's history in 1956, Cardinal Gasquet as an Historian. In it he speaks of Gasquet's "many errors and failings", and notes that he "was not an intellectually humble man and he showed little insight into his own limitations of knowledge and training." Coulton, though, he felt was in error, through over-simplifying the case.
Eamon Duffy said in an interview:
“ ...Cardinal Francis Aidan Gasquet, a great Benedic