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John Tutchin, The Bloody Assizes, 1705 SOLD

Stock Code: 1511100186


Full title:  The Western Martyrology; or Bloody Assizes, containing the Lives, Trials, and Dying Speeches of all those Eminent Protestants that Suffered in the West of England, and Elsewhere, from the Year 1678 to this Time. Together with the Life & Death of George L. Jeffreys. The Fifth Edition. To which is now added, to make it Compleat, An Account of the Barbarous Whippings of Several Persons in the West. Also the Trial and use of Mr. John Tutchin (the Author of the Observator) with the Cruel Sentence pass’d upon him; and his Petition to K. James to be Hang’d: Never before Printed. With an Alphabetical Table to the Whole.

Authors:  John Tutchin:  James Bent

Publication:   John Marshall London, 1705, first edition thus.

Described as the fifth edition, actually the first expanded edition of Tutchin's work first written in 1689, four years after the events to which they refer. Tutchin also appears to have been the author of the life of Judge Jeffreys contained in this volume, but this is described also as "The Fifth edition, with large additions", and the introduction is by James Bent. Very nicely rebound in period style calf, new endpapers. Some light water staining in places, otherwise pages in very good condition, all complete. ESTC reference T88609. Frontispiece, Title (verso blank), Poem ii, Introduction viii, Table iv,pages 1-230 (last page being catalogue of books), Title page (verso blank), pages 233-279, catalogue of books v. Background: The author John Tutchin was a Puritan and anti-Catholic, a controversial author and journalist. He campiagned against the accession of James II to the throne, joined the Monmouth Rebellion, and was subsequently tried during the Bloody Assizes and sentenced by Lord Jeffreys, The Hanging Judge, to seven years in prison, a fine of 100 marks, a surety for a lifetime of good behavior, and to be whipped through all of the market towns of Devonshire once a year. Tutchin appealed against this sentence, asking to be hanged instead, and after pressure from Whig and Tory partisans, he was released after a year. The arrival of William III of Orange on the throne in 1689 enabled this work to be published, and Tutchin received some favours. His strong anti-Jacobite stance however continued to irk figures in authority, and Tutchin died in prison in 1707 after being beaten severely.

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