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Proposal to Murder the Queen! Englishmen! London, 1820
1820. London, 1820. 22-1/2" x 17-1/2" broadside. London, 1820. 22-1/2" x 17-1/2" broadside. A Fervent Broadside Defending the Spurned Queen of King George IV [Broadside]. [Caroline of Brunswick (1768-1821)]. [Pains and Penalties Bill]. Proposal to Murder the Queen! London: Printed by W. Benbow, [1820]. 22-1/2" x 17-1/2" broadside. Text in single column below headline, item mounted to archival paper. Light toning, some edgewear with a few small chips, one vertical and one horizontal fold line, some loss to legibility of about five words along horizontal fold. $1,500. * The repudiation of Queen Caroline by King George IV was one of the most sensational events in English history. Estranged soon after their marriage, Caroline was eventually banished after the birth of their daughter, Princess Charlotte Augusta. In 1814 Caroline moved to Europe. In 1820 her husband's accession to the throne brought her back to Britain. The King asked his ministers to get rid of her. After she refused a monetary offer, the Earl of Liverpool introduced The Pains and Penalties Bill to the House of Lords in July 1820 in order to strip Caroline of the title of Queen Consort and dissolve her marriage. (The bill alleged that Caroline had an affair with a servant, Bartolomeo Bergami, while in Italy.) The bill was approved by the House of Lords, but it was not submitted to the House of Commons, where it would have been defeated. Despite the King's best attempts, Caroline remained a popular favorite. Indeed, her popularity increased during the trial. Although she prevailed, she fell ill and died shortly after the coronation of George IV. She was certain that she was poisoned by one of the King's agents. The trial inspired numerous books, pamphlets and ephemera, such as this anonymous broadside. One of many publications that supported Caroline's cause, it takes issue with a statement against Caroline that appeared in a newspaper on June 26, 1820. Its author said she was an "alien and unworthy object" who needs to be dismissed, either as a "martyr or a criminal." The broadside claims this statement is essentially a call to have her executed, since that is the common fate of martyrs and often the fate of deposed royalty.
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