1713 Burnet Le Chevalier

1713 Burnet Le Chevalier


Le Chevalier de St. George, Réhabilité dans sa Qualité de Jaques III
Some New Proofs by which it appears that the Pretender is truly James III

By Sir Thomas Burnet
Translated into French by Jean Rousset de Missy

Printed In Whitehall

The Volume is in Very Good Condition bound in marbled paper boards: Externally the paper is off the spine, the board corners are lightly bumped, and the binding is lightly scuffed generally. Internally the leaves are generally clean and amply margined, with some light staining in the margins and some light toning, with some scattered fox marks otherwise
The Volume is Complete in All Respects See below for pagination & dimensions.

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The beginning of the eighteenth century consisted of some important settling of accounts in European politics. The War of Spanish Succession saw the end result of Habsburg marriage policy, with the death of the inbred and sickly Charles II, plunging the major powers into conflict in order to avoid the formation of a super power. For England (later Britain) the issue was complicated by the recent exclusion of Catholics from succession, and the specter of James II and later his son, James Francis Edward Stuart, styled James III. Both James II and his son had been hosted in their exile by Louis XIV, who hoped to gain an ally against the Netherlands and Austria. The outbreak of war ended this plan, with England working with Austria and the rising power of Prussia in order to prevent a personal union between Spain and France.

With a surprisingly successful campaign on the continent by Lord Marlborough, along with defeats in the colonies, the French were held within their borders, while their hold on spain was tenuous due to the lack of popular support for the Bourbons. When the Emperor Joseph died, the new possibility of a Austro-Spanish Union caused the British to approach the French with a peace deal. This deal crucially forced the French to acknowledge the Acts of Exclusion and end their support for James Frances Edward Stuart’s claims. Thomas Burnet here examines the validity of the claim, emphasising the legal basis of exclusion by parliament, a claim given extra clout by France’s recognition of those acts. Nonetheless, the hopes of the old pretender were not dead yet, and only two years after this pamphlet was issued, the Earl of Mar declared for James VIII & III, and the Jacobite Rising began.

Pagination & Dimensions

The volume is paginated as follows: [3]-114. The volume collates as follows: A-G8, H1. The volume measures about 11.5 cm. By 9.5 cm. Each leaf measures about 150 mm. By 90 mm.

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