"I know well what strong arguments are required to make the proud know the vertue of humilitie, by which (not being enhanced by humane glory, but endowed with divine grace) it surmounts all earthly loftinesse.... For the King, the builder of this Citty, whereof we are now to discourse, hath opened his mind to his people, in the divine law, thus: God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble."- Chapter 1.
At the insistence of his friend Erasmus, Vives prepared an elaborate commentary on Augustine's De Civitate Dei, the first to employ extensive collations of different manuscripts. This commentary by Vives was published in 1522, with a dedication to Henry VIII.
Soon afterwards he was invited to England, where he acted as tutor to the princess Mary while residing at
College. He opposed Henry VIII's divorce from Catherine of Aragon, and so lost royal favour; retiring to
Bruges in Belgium, he died in 1540.