The Roll-Call of Westminster Abbey

The Roll-Call of Westminster Abbey

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...a terrific thunderstorm the powder magazine at the governor's house, Cornet Castle, was exploded by lightning, and the whole building absolutely Wrecked. Hatton himself was blown, bed and all, on to the battlements by the shock, but escaped unhurt. The Dowager was crushed by the fall of the bedroom ceiling, while young Lady Hatton managed to make her way to the nursery, but was killed there with her maid and the nurse. Strange to relate one little girl was actually found alive clasped in her dead nurse's arms, with her plaything, a silver cup, battered in, while the baby was lying safe and sound in its cradle, which was filled with rubbish. The remains of these two unfortunate ladies were conveyed from Guernsey to Westminster for interment in the Hatton vault, in the Islip Chapel, where the elder lady's husband, the first Lord Hatton, and his father, Sir Christopher, kinsm n and heir to Elizabeth's great Lord Chancellor, were buried. At the foot of the steps, which lead up to Henry VII.'s Chapel, is a vault where rest the remains of a Lord Chancellor, no less favoured by his sovereign than Sir Christopher Hatton. But Lord Clarendon's time of court favour and prosperity was short, and he fell from his high place barely seven years after his triumphant return to England with his sovereign. Many reasons were given for his disgrace, which we have not space to discuss; but it may be mentioned that Clarendon's determined opposition to Charles's desire to divorce his wife and marry La Belle Stuart was undoubtedly one of them, added to the fact that he was suspected by the King of aiding and abetting her clandestine marriage. In any case he was impeached, and after humbling himself to the dust...show more

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  • Paperback | 148 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 277g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236875818
  • 9781236875815