Parliament Demands a Religious Loyalty Oath from the Leaders of the Cinque Ports [Broadside]. [Great Britain]. [Loyalty Oaths]. Die Veneris 30 Julii. 1641. Resolved upon the Question. That this House Doth Conceive that the Protestation Made by Them, is Fit to be Taken by Every Person that is Well Affected in Religion [running title]. 12-1/2" x 9-1/2" broadside, text in single column between woodcut architectural borders at head and foot. Light toning, vertical and horizontal fold lines, some edgewear and a few minor tears, border at foot of text affected by trimming, section lacking from left-hand margin just touching text and border at head of text, early annotation to verso. Item housed in recent buckram slipcase with printed spine title label. A rare item. $450. * Only edition. This broadside announces a resolution passed by the House of Commons requiring all office-holders to take a religious oath. This resolution applies to the Cinque Ports, a group of commercially and strategically important port towns in southern England that enjoyed unique legal privileges, including self government and exemption from taxation, in exchange for supplying the Crown with men and ships in times of war. Clearly intended to subjugate Royalists, this resolution was passed by Parliament during its political and religious power struggle with Charles I. OCLC locates 2 copies (Victoria and Albert Museum, Yale). The ESTC adds the Bodleian Library, Oxford, the British Library and Harvard (2 copies). English Short-Title Catalogue R209686.
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