A Vindication of Elizabeth More, from the Imputation of Being a Concubine; and Her Children from the Tache of Bastadry: Confuting the Critical Observations of some late Writers.
Place and Imprint: Edinburgh: Printed by William Adams Junior. Sold by Booksellers of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, 1723,
Edition: First and only edition.
Bibliographical References: ESTC 140711.
Condition: Early ink doodles in the margin of the title-page; some light foxing; fine, large copy.
Book ID: 28656
Physical Description4to, modern dark blue half morocco, marbled paper boards, gilt rules and lettering, t.e.g.
CommentsA re-examination of the history of Elizabeth Mure (1320-1355), the Countess of Strathearn, Athol and the wife of Robert II, King of Scots (1316-1390). It was generally alleged and believed that she was Robert's mistress for at least ten years prior to their marriage; that all their children were therefore born out of wedlock and were only legitimated in 1347 when Robert received a Papal dispensation for their late marriage. Hay attempts to prove that their marriage actually occurred several years earlier. Robert reign as king was late in his life, from 1371-84, which saw some calm after several tumultuous decades. An attractive and scarce example of early 18th century Edinburgh printing.
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