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[James I]. [Henry Howard, Earl of Northampton]
A Publication of his MaÕties Edict, and Severe Censure against Private Combats and Combatants; Whether within his Highnesse Dominions, or without; With their Seconds, Accomplices, and Adhaerents
London: Robert Barker, 1613. Sm. 4to, (4), 119, (1)pp. Woodcut on verso of title-page. Modern half brown morocco, marbled boards, backstrip lettered in gilt, very good. First edition, the issue with ?'doeth?" on A3v line 1 (the other issue reads ?'doth?"). DNB notes: ?'The last tract that Northampton composed was written in the autumn of 1613, just before his health began to fail. Designed to accompany the royal proclamation against private challenges and combats, issued on 4 February 1614, it was written in the king's name. James detested duelling, but the treatise also reflected Northampton's own long-standing anxieties. From 1613 a campaign against duelling was under way, led by Northampton and enforced in Star Chamber and the court of the earl marshal. He also collected extensive information on the code and practice of duelling, imported from France and Spain. The proclamation was triggered by several duels involving courtiers, the most notorious being one between Lord Henry Howard, brother of Frances, and the earl of Essex, the husband whom she was divorcing. Northampton recognized that it was not enough to ban duels. Instead he proposed alternative remedies to provide satisfaction for those who believed their honour and reputation had been traduced. The commissioners for the earl marshalship, together with the lords lieutenant in the counties, would hear cases, and heavy punishments would be inflicted on those who disobeyed their attempts at conciliation. Potential duellers were exhorted to remember the king's interest in the lives of his subjects. The treatise exemp … [Click Below for Full Description]
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