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But Cardano reduced Tacitus to "a most ambitious man, attached to the faction of the optimati" (that is, senatorial opponents of imperial power) and "a priest of idols and a man of the highest ambition and improbity, if you want to put together his life from his own words.
Especially given that much of this implicit criticism is directed at financial improbity, indecorous rivalry and a general sense of worldliness, all frequent targets of twelfth-century ecclesiastical reformers, it is legitimate to regard it as having been influenced by the spirit of 'Kritik- und Reformfreudigkeit'(41) which was so characteristic of Hartmann's age.
Lynch said, "I cannot but oppose those who would answer competition with oligopoly or would nullify due process with improbity.