Tui or Parson Bird Prosthemadera Novae Zealandiae. From: 'A history of the birds of New Zealand' by Walter Lawry Buller
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Historical Collections: Or, a Brief Account of the Most Remarkable Transactions of the Two Last Parliaments Held and Dissolved at Westminster and Oxford. Second edition

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1685

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De Beer Eb 1685 H

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London: Printed for S.N. and sold by W. Freeman

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This frontispiece serves as a guide to the reader of this volume. It depicts two scenes: the trial of William Howard, Viscount Stafford (1612-80), who was accused of plotting regicide in the Popish Plot; and his subsequent beheading. Stafford (marked E) was put on trial in November 1680 at Westminster Hall; King Charles II was said to be present (see F – ‘the K’s [King’s] Box’). The trial was said to be ‘a great show’, something that the frontispiece certainly depicts – both Lords and Commoners alike attended. On the evidence of witnesses, Stafford was sentenced to death by beheading in December of the same year.

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