Title A Compleat History of the Whole Proceedings of the Parliament of Great Britain Against Dr. Henry Sacheverell: With His Tryal Before the House of Peers, for High Crimes and Misdemeanors
Publisher London J. Baker 1710
Seller ID 353
A Compleat History of the Whole Proceedings of the Parliament of Great Britain Against Dr. Henry Sacheverell with His Tryal Before the House of Peers for High Crimes and Misdemeanors; the Reasons of Those Lords That Enter'd Their Protests; etc. London: J. Baker, 1710. 12mo, contemporary calf with five raised bands and gilt lettering and decoration on spine.. An important document for the history of the Anglican Church. Sacheverell had attacked the Queen, the Whigs and the Bishop of Salisbury in two controversial sermons. He was then summoned before the House of Lords for trial. He was judged guilty and suspended for three years; and the two sermons ordered to be burned at the Royal Exchange. This made him a martyr in the eyes of the populace and (along with heavy taxes on Londoners) resulted in several riots in London and other areas of the country. The rioting in turn led to the downfall of the government ministry later that year and the passing of the Riot Act in 1714. This treatise contains the most important speeches of the month-long trial and a list of the individual peers with their decision for or against Sacheverell. Covers are edgeworn with several small stains, but generally clean and tight; partial separation inside front cover at edge of paste-down but has not detached. Text block clean and tight with only minimal toning and little foxing.