The Tower of London Volume 2

The Tower of London Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...a position he had held, together with the Bishopric of Rochester, before being preferred to Ely. Compared with these men the State prisoners in the Tower in the reign of James II. were not of much interest. After Monmouth's rebellion, Lord Stamford, with Lord Delamere and Charles Gerrard, " commonly called Lord Bandon," were prisoners in the fortress. Sir Robert Cotton and John Crewe Offleigh were in the Tower charged with "dangerous and treasonable practices," and also Mr J. Cook, a member of the House of Commons, " for his indecent and undutiful speech, reflecting on the King and the House of Commons." A strange case was that of Sir Bevil Skelton, who was a prisoner in September 1688, and "who had been recalled from France for exceeding his instructions in certain political transactions," for not only was he speedily released, but was made Governor of the Tower, an appointment which caused much dissatisfaction. This appointment was the last of James's unpopular acts, and when, three months later, the King fled the country, the House of Lords removed Skelton from his post, and gave the keys of the Tower into the custody of Lord Lucas. On the nth of December 1688, James left Whitehall, a King without a crown, and as he crossed the Thames to reach Lambeth, he dropped the Great Seal into the river, hoping thereby that everything would fall into confusion for the want of that symbol of legitimate authority. The curious Dutch engraving representing the amiable act of the last of our male Stuart monarchs gives a view of old London Bridge, and the Tower beyond, looming large against a wintry sky. On the same day that James threw away the Great Seal of England, his Lord Chancellor, the justly detested Jeffreys, was taken, in the disguise of a common...show more

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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236664981
  • 9781236664983