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Eikon Basilike

Excerpt from Eikon Basilike: Or the King's Book The Eikon Basilike, from its very first appearance, awakened much sympathy for the King, and the question of its authorship was, of course, disputed; and has been often dis cussed. A claim to the authorship of the book was set up by Dr. Gauden. In a "Bibliography of the King's Book" (Blades, East & Blades, London, 1896), I expressed my views, and gave the main evidence on both sides. For comparison with the style of "Eikon Basilike," passages from a book known to have been actually written by Gauden, in 1648, are given on page 13 of the "Bibliography," where they will be found, together with Dr. Christopher's reference to them. The following are the authorities chiefly quoted in the "Bibliography" (pp. 88-117); they are here mentioned chronologically, as far as possible: - Contemporary Evidence in Favour Of The King's Authorship: 1645. - Dr. Rhodes, Incumbent of Haughton and Thorpe, near Newark (quoted by his widow and son). - Hollingworth and Wagstaffe. Captain Wade, of the Parliamentary Army. - Hollingworth's Defence, p. 22, and Wagstaffe's Vindication, p. 98. Mr. Reading, in attendance on the King. - Wagstaffe. Bishop Juxon and Sir John Brattle. - Hollingworth. Colonel Hammond (of Carisbrooke Castle). Wagstaffe's Vindication, p. 100. (Also a Letter from Dr. Mew, Bishop of Winchester, preserved at Lambeth). 1648. - Clarendon's Full Answer to the Parliament Declaration of No More Addresses, p. 150. Milton, in his Eikpnoklastes, over and over again refers to "Eikon Basilike" as being written by Charles the First. 1649. - The Princely Pelican (B.M., 599, c. 21). - Author unknown. W. Dugard, the printer's, statement (preserved in the Record Office. -Bibliography, p. 6. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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