Historical Collections out of several grave Protestant Historians

TOUCHET, George (1686)


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concerning the changes of religion and the strange confusions following: in the reigns of King Henry the Eighth. Edward the Sixth. Queen Mary and Elizabeth. With an addition of several remarkable passages taken out of Sir Will. Dugdale's Antiquities of Warwickshire, relating to the abbies and their institution. Published With Allowance. 

Second Edition. Small 8vo. [Text: 152 x 96 mm]. [2], 434pp. Text browned and soiled with some dampstaining.
Contemporary vellum (covers and spine very grubby; insect damage at the top of the lower joint and inner
corner of the back cover and along the upper part of the lower fore-edge).

London: by Henry Hills, Printer to the Kings Most Excellent Majesty for his Household and Chappel.
And for him and Matt. Turner 1686.

Wing T1955 (+ in UK; + in USA). T1955A is a scarce variant without Turner’s name in the imprint. First
published in 1674.

George Touchet was the second son of the 2nd Earl of Castlehaven and 12th Baron Audley who had been executed for sodomy and rape in 1631. He “made his monastic profession at the English Benedictine priory of St Gregory, Douai, on 22 November 1643, taking the name Anselm in religion. He worked on the English mission and may have taught, from 1657, at the College of St Vedast in Douai. However, it is possible that he remained in England, as he became chaplain to Queen Catherine of Braganza with rooms at Somerset House and a stipend of £100 a year; ... In 1675 Touchet was banished, and in 1678 he was expressly excluded by an act of parliament from the succession to the earldom of Castlehaven, which passed to his brother Mervyn, in 1684. ... [He] was the author of a work of Catholic controversy, Historical Collections out of several grave protestant historians ..., first published (without a place of publication) in 1674; an amended edition appeared in London in 1684. Such historical work was typical of the Benedictine approach of the time: an assertion that England could be saved from perdition not so much by theology as by an exploration of historical continuity and by a demonstration of Catholic authority.” (ODNB).

Provenance: Joseph Gillow, with his bookplate, a five-line ink note and signature dated 1899.

Stock Code: 61987

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