KING CHARLES II (GREAT BRITAIN) - DOCUMENT UNSIGNED 07/06/1660 - HFSID 53495
Sale Price $1,360.00
KING CHARLES II of ENGLAND
The "Merry Monarch's" name and detailed portrait appear on this 1660 document which raises Verney Noel of Leicester to the Baronetage of England, written completely in Latin. A document of historical interest!
Document unsigned. Titled "Carolus Secundus Anglia" translated "Charles the Second of England" in faded brown ink (iron gall). 1 page, 34½x27½ flat, printed on vellum. A document creating the Noel Baronetcy, of Kirkby Mallery in the County of Leicester in the Baronetage of England for Verney Noel (d. 1670). Dated July 6, 1660. The entire document is written in untranscribed and untranslated Latin. Large ink and pencil drawing of King Charles II in the upper left corner, with ornate ink and pencil border in top margin. Original Great Seal of England, affixed in the bottom margin, has been detached. In 1650, young Charles II (1630-1685) left his exile in the Netherlands and returned to Scotland, but was forced to flee again to France when the Scottish army he led was defeated by the English Parliamentary army of Oliver Cromwell in 1651. He escaped to France, making his headquarters in that country. Various plots for the assassination of Cromwell failed and, in 1654, the Lord Protector, by negotiations with France, drove Charles into Germany. From there he was able to make a treaty with Spain in 1656, which allowed him to reside in Brussels. Cromwell's death in 1658 did not immediately alter Charles' position, and in September of 1659, two months after the date of this document, he journeyed to Southern France in a futile attempt to unite French and Spanish crowns in an expedition against England. After the ouster of Cromwell's son and successor Richard, Charles II returned to the throne of England in 1660 ("the Restoration"), reigning until his death in 1685. Of Catholic sympathies but tolerant in religious matters, Charles II ruled as "the merry monarch" over an England relieved of the tight moral strictures of Cromwell and the puritans. He presided over the rebuilding of London from the Plague of 1665 and Great Fire of 1666. Worn and soiled. Toned. Creased throughout. Slight stains and smears throughout. Otherwise, fine condition.
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