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Leycesters common-wealth /
conceived, spoken and pvblished with most earnest protestation of all dutifull good will and affection towards this realm, for whose good onely, it is made common to many.


Related Names: Arundell, Charles 1540-1587, attributed name., Morgan, Thomas 1543-1606, attributed name., Parsons, Robert 1546-1610, attributed name.
Language(s): English
Published: [Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 1641.
Subjects: Leicester, Robert Dudley, > Leicester, Robert Dudley, / Earl of, > Leicester, Robert Dudley, / Earl of, / 1532?-1588
Leicester, Robert Dudley, > Leicester, Robert Dudley, / Earl of, > Leicester, Robert Dudley, / Earl of, / 1532?-1588.
Catholic Church > Catholic Church / 16th century > Catholic Church / 16th century / pologetic works.
Politics and government
Protestant churches > Protestant churches / 16th century > Protestant churches / 16th century / Controversial literature.
Great Britain.
Great Britain > Great Britain / Politics and government > Great Britain / Politics and government / 1558-1603.
Ink stamps (Provenance)
Note: Errors in paging: numbers 60, 102, 103, 118, 119, 120 misprinted as 09, 103, 102, 119, 118, 110, respectively.
In this variant of the quarto edition, pages [179]-[180], "Pia et vtilis meditatio," and "A godly and profitable meditation taken out of the 20. chapter of the booke of Job," pages 181-182, plus the 35, [1] pages of "Leycesters ghost" - a poetical paraphrase of "Leicester's commonwealth" by Thomas Rogers - are absent.
"Leycesters common-wealth" is a Catholic recusant political tract against Elizabeth I's government, in particular the pro-Puritan policies of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, who is portrayed as an amoral opportunist. It went through many stages and forms, both in manuscript and in print, and is most well known by the title "Leicester's commonwealth". It was first printed on the continent in 1584 with title "The copie of a leter, wryten by a master of arte of Cambridge, to his friend in London" (STC 5742.9). Formerly attributed to Robert Parsons (who denied authorship), it is also sometimes ascribed to Thomas Morgan; cf. ESTC. D.C. Peck's edition, 1985, attributes it to Sir Charles Arundell, assisted by a group of Roman Catholic laymen.
Burns Library copy: Boston College ink stamp on title page.
Physical Description: [6] pages, 178 pages ; 19 cm (4to)
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