Their motives were purely selfish; not God's cause but their own, not religion but power and preferment, were what they sought.'
His preferment was rapid.
Personal experience of the inconveniences and dangers of the prevailing system of preferment, the so-called myestnichestvo, or rank priority, which had paralysed the Russian armies for centuries, induced him to propose its abolition, which was accomplished by Tsar Theodore III.
His own hopes of preferment had been strengthened by the death of many of the higher clergy at Flodden.
His reception by the king was flattering enough; but his hopes of preferment were dashed by the opposition of the Anglican clergy to the promotion of a papist.