A collection of records of the great misfortunes that hath hapned unto Kings that have joyned themselves in a near allyance with forrein Princes, with the happy successe of those that have only held correspondency at home . . . .

London: Henry Jackeson, 1642. 4to. [8] pp. Title within decorative woodcut border, woodcut head- and tailpieces. Unbound with only some discoloration around margins. Item #17803

First and only edition of a rare Protestant and Parliamentarian pamphlet. Printed at the outset of the English Civil War, this brief text recounts the dangers that members of the British monarchy face when marrying foreign nobility. The anonymous author cites examples in which Protestant monarchs “joyned themselves in a neere allyance” with Catholic suitors to the detriment of the Protestant religion and their subjects, arguing that it should be “forbidden [that] the best People of the world to marry with a different Religion.” He suggests that the king should rely on the support of the two houses of Parliament rather than on foreign alliances forged through marriage. Although he doesn’t mention names explicitly due to fear of censure and libel, he is no doubt referencing King Charles’s I marriage to Henrietta Maria, a French Roman-Catholic who was incredibly unpopular with the British people. Overall, this pamphlet provides insight into some of the religious tensions prevalent throughout Britain as well as glimpses of the xenophobia that shaped much of British policy during and after the Civil War.

Price: $650.00

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