Auction Date: 2/09/2014 at 01pm
A fine collection covering Monmouth’s Rebellion. Historic Newspapers –London Gazette Monmouth’s Rebellion fine collection of approx 18 issues of the London Gazette effectively covering the entire story of Monmouth’s Rebellion, including a contemporaneous report on the Battle of Sedgemore – the last battle fought on English soil – and the eventual trial and execution of the main participants, including Monmouth himself. Dates covering from May 21st to December 31st 1685. Remarkable archive of contemporaneous reports on one of the most glamorous yet ultimately futile attempts to wrest the Crown of England. Monmouth, the favourite natural son of Charles II was set up as a protestant successor to his father against the Catholic James II, but his ill-timed and somewhat shoddy attempt at armed rebellion ended in defeat at Sedgemoor leading to the infamous ‘Bloody Assizes’ under Judge Jeffreys, after which the Duke together with most of his leading followers, lost his head. Complete archives such as this rarely appear on the market. Together with a copy of the 1985 centenary booklet on the Rebellion by Robert Dunning.