The life of Edward II: With the fates of Gavestone and the Spencers. A poem in three canto's. To which (for the better understanding of the whole) is prefix'd an account of that Prince's reign from Dr. Echard and others. Francis HUBERT.

The life of Edward II: With the fates of Gavestone and the Spencers. A poem in three canto's. To which (for the better understanding of the whole) is prefix'd an account of that Prince's reign from Dr. Echard and others

London: Printed for Tho. Harbin, at the Bible and Anchor in the New Exchange in the Strand, [1721]. 146pp. 12mo.

Item #7176

First published in 1628 as 'The deplorable life and death of Edward the Second, King of England," this poem recounts the widely shared view of the time that Edward II maintained a homosexual relationship with Gaveston and brought upon his own demise by this relationship.

And then into my Fundament they thrust
A little Horne as I did groveling lie,
And that my violent Death might then mistrust,
Through that fame Horne, a Redd Hott Spitt, whereby
They made my Gutts and Bowells for to fry;
And foe continued till at last they found
That I was Dead, yett seem'd to have no Wound.

This is bound with the 1728 version of Registrum regale or the genealogy of sovereign princes

Very good in contemporary re-backed calf boards, some wear at edges and corners and lower spine. Pages have been trimmed a bit unevenly, marble endpapers, heraldic bookplate on front paste down of George Agar-Ellis, 1st Baron Dover.

Price: $750.00

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