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VINCENTIUS Petrus (1554.)


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A rare eye-witness account of the struggle for succession following the death of Edward VI. It relates the events of July 1553 when John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, attempted to put his daughter-in-law Lady Jane Grey on the English throne. The account accuses Dudley, who was de facto regent, of causing or accelerating Edward's death by poison or the dagger, and describes him as "gaping like a crow for carrion" after the king's demise. It also makes clear the lack of public support in London and the country for Lady Jane Grey as monarch, as well as describing the wavering loyalties of the privy counsellors bullied by the primus inter pares Dudley, and the scenes of jubilation when Mary was proclaimed rightful Queen on 19 July. The author ends his tract with details of Mary's magnificent entry into London on 3 August, which was full of regal pomp and ceremony, and notes that, "It is highly worthy of the consideration of all good men that this wonderful vicissitude of the greatest revolutions was experienced in the kingdom of Britain within the space of a month without slaughter or bloodshed, excepting the murder of King Edward, owing to the singular beneficence of God". Authorship has been ascribed to the Lutheran pedagogue Petrus Vincentius (Peter Vietz, 1519-81), who was in England at the time as a member of the Hansa delegation. His authorship shows the international interest in the succession question. Germany was particularly interested as Mary was Charles V's cousin and, although Northumberland's government was protestant, this legitimacy of succession was the main concern. Further factors included Northumberland's pro-French policy and the possible restriction of German trade. Other suggested authors are the Italian theologian Pietro Martire Vermigli, a close friend of Thomas Cramner, and the Swiss protestant theologian Peter Viret.The account was first published in Wittenberg in a Latin and a German edition in 1553 with this sole Leipzig edition appearing in the following year. According to VD16 no further editions were published and all are very rare. OCLC records only one copy of our edition in U.S. libraries and no copies of the Wittenberg printing.VD16 V1093 (online 4 copies). OCLC (Yale copy only in U.S.). COPAC (BL only). Ref: Denys Hay, The 'Narratio Historica' of Petrus Vincentius, 1553, in English Historical Review, Vol. 63, No. 248 (Juli 1948), pp. 350-356.

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