Rights of the Kingdom: Or, Customs of Our Ancestors. Touching the...
by Sadler, John
1682. A Civil-War Era Defense of Regicide by Cromwell's Secretary [Sadler, John (1615-1674)]. Rights of the Kingdom: Or, Customs of Our Ancestors. Touching the Duty, Power, Election, Or Succession of Our Kings and Parliaments, Our True Liberty, Due Allegiance, Three Estates, Their Legislative Power, Original, Judicial, And Executive; With the Militia. Freely Discussed Through the British, Saxon, Norman Laws and Histories. With an Occasional Discourse of Great Changes Yet Expected in the World. London: Printed for J. Kidgell, 1682. , 4, 3-98, 97-200, 209-319,  pp. Text is continuous, and complete, despite pagination. Quarto (7-3/4" x 6"). Recent period-style quarter calf over marbled boards, lettering piece and gilt-edged raised bands to spine, endpapers renewed. Title printed within ruled border. Light rubbing to extremities, some fading to spine. Moderate toning to text, light foxing to a few leaves. Recent owner signature to title page, interior otherwise clean. A nice copy. * Second and final edition. Sadler, an English lawyer, politician, academic administrator, Hebrew scholar and millenarian thinker, was a Member of Parliament, Town Clerk of London, private secretary to Oliver Cromwell, member of the Parliamentarian Council of State and was Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge. First published during the second phase of the Civil War, in 1649, the Rights of the Kingdom is an elaborate defense of Parliament's actions against the monarchy with an emphasis on the execution of Charles I. Stated simply, regicide is condoned by the English Constitution. As indicated by the final part of the title, the book is also important as a statement of English millenarianism, which held that the Civil War and Cromwell were harbingers of the Second Coming of Christ. English Short-Title Catalogue R11835. (Inventory #: 65434)
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