As Ptolemy Philopater
testified of the African elephant, I then testified of the whale, pronouncing him the most devout of all beings.
He suffered, he grew bitter while in Rome, as he sensed, in conversation with his friends, the scions of great houses, in the tact and courtesy they showed him, he the son of King Seleucus Philopater
, he felt that there was always, secretly, a slighting of those Hellenizing dynasties which had fallen: they were not for serious action, and most unsuitable to rule the people.
With this assumption in mind, Houliston proceeds to analyze what he takes to be the key documents of Persons's writing career, notably the Brief Discours, the Christian Directory itself, Philopater
and associated works, the Conference about the Next Succession to the Crown of England, his attacks on John Foxe and Sir Edward Coke, some of his contributions to the Archpriest controversy, and finally his engagement in the debate over the Jacobean oath of allegiance of 1606.