The History of The Church of Scotland by John Spotswood 1655


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22748 SPOTSWOOD, John;[Ioannes Spotiswoode] Lord Archbishop of St Andrews.:
THE HISTORY OF THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND, Beginning the Year of our Lord 203, and continued to the end of the Reign of King James VI of ever blessed Memory.Wherein are described, the Progress of Christianity ; The Persecutions and Interruptions of it; The Foundation of Churches;The Erecting of Bishopricks; The Building and Endowing Monasteries,and other Religious Places; The Succession of Bishops in their Sees,The Reformation of Religion,and the frequent Disturbances of that Nation by Wars, Conspiracies, Tumults, Schisms.Together with a great variety of other Matters both Ecclesiasticall and Politicall. Written By that grave and Reverend Prelate, and wife counsellor John Spotswood Lord Archbishop of S.Andrews and Privy Counsellor to King Charles the I.that most religious and blessed Prince.
Printed by J Flesher for R.Royston, at the Angel in Ivie Lane, London 1655.

First Edition, folio. Full calf boards are contemporary but the spine has been expertly under backed more recently, raised bands red title label.pp.frontispiece. portrait of Archbishop Spotiswoode,title page, pp.ii [publisher to reader] pp.xii [authors life]. full page portrait of Charles I.The Authors dedication, iii p. dedication, ip. contents page.pp.546,ip.poem,blank, ivp. table[index]. ip. the Kings of Scotland, ip. Bishops, iip.table, ip errata.[blank] catalogue of some books printed for Richard Royston.iip.

Important work on the History of the Church in Scotland and in lovely condition internally with external rubbing to corners of binding as you would expect from a book of this age. Else very attractive copy. Sir John Spottiswoode of Dairsie in Fife. In 1633 he crowned Charles I at Holyrood. In 1635 he was appointed Lord Chancellor of Scotland, an office which he retained till 1638. He was opposed to the new liturgy as inexpedient, but when he could not prevent its introduction he took part in enforcing it. He was a spectator of the riot of St Giles, Edinburgh, on 23 July 1637, endeavoured in vain to avoid disaster by concessions, and on the taking of the Covenant perceived that “now all that we have been doing these thirty years past is thrown down at once.” He escaped to Newcastle, was deposed by the assembly on 4 December on a variety of ridiculous charges, and died in London on 26 November 1639, receiving burial in Westminster Abbey on 2 December 1639.      

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