A Prospective Marriage for Charles II Charles II [1630-1685], King of England. Hyde, Edward [1609-1674], 1st Earl of Clarendon. His Majesties Gracious Speech to the Lords & Commons, Together with the Lord Chancellor's, At the Opening of the Parliament, On the 8th Day of May, 1661. London: Printed by John Bill and Christopher Barker, 1661. 26,  pp. Final leaf blank. Folio (10-3/4" x 7"). Disbound stab-stitched pamphlet, spine reinforced. Moderate toning, occasional light foxing, light soiling in a few places, lower corner of first leaf lacking without loss to text, small "2" to title page, early handwritten page numbers to rectos. $350. * Only edition. Speeches by Charles II and Edward Hyde, his Lord Chancellor, given at the opening of the first session of the Cavalier Parliament. Both speeches address Charles's prospective marriage to Catherine of Braganza, the daughter of the king of Portugal, in order to cement an alliance with Portugal. Since Catherine was a Roman Catholic, the marriage was controversial, but the two wed in May of 1662. English Short-Title Catalogue R35487.
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