The reprisal; Britannia; and Ad versutum cardinalem

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  • Reference
      GB 206 Brotherton Collection MS Lt 73
  • Dates of Creation
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  • Language of Material
      English Latin
  • Physical Description
      1 vol. (64 ff.) Bound in red half-morocco, marbled boards, ca.1830s

Scope and Content

Seemingly autograph versions of two manuscript English poems bound together with a manuscript Latin poem, each provided with its own title page, apparently in separate hands of the first half of the 18th century. Ff.1r-25r: "The reprisal: or Sp---sh [i.e. Spanish] expedition", political satire, ca.1726 (possibly Jacobite) on the peace negotiations following the wars with Spain, contrasting them with past victories such as that of Sir Francis Drake over the Spanish Armada; ff.26r-49v: "Britannia, an historic poem: by way of essay on the glories of Her Majesties reign", ecstatic eulogy of Queen Anne, 1709, praising the order that she has brought to Britain, and of John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough, celebrating his victories in the Low Countries, particularly at Oudenarde; ff.50r-62r: "Ad versutum card---lem [i.e. cardinalem], carmen nothelikon [Greek]. Cum praefatione expostulatoria", poem, 1742, with prose preface, all in Latin, on Cardinal Fleury.

Administrative / Biographical History

The author of the manuscript is unknown

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Acquisition Information

Purchased from P.M. Hill, September 1984


In English and Latin

Other Finding Aids

The English poems are indexed in the BCMSV database