"One need only cast one's eyes upon the account," says his biographer, "to perceive that it was the inventory of a true philosopher.
The biographer therefore sat down to his task with a mind full of matter.
Between the perhaps excessive admiration of Innocent's biographer, Friedrich von Hurter, and the cooler estimate of a later historian, Felix Rocquain, who, after taking into consideration Innocent's political mistakes, lack of foresight and numerous disappointments and failures, concludes that his reputation has been much exaggerated, it is possible to steer a middle course and form a judgment that is at once impartial and conformable to the historical facts.
Bartole, the official biographer, wrote his Della vita e dell' instituto di S.
- Rheticus was the only contemporary biographer of Copernicus, and his narrative perished irretrievably.