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Montacute
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Telephone 01249 811516
Mobile 07780434713
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Clive Farahar Rare Books & Manuscripts
Stand D04

TO THE HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR DURING THE THIRTY YEARS WAR

CHARLES I (King of Great Britain 1600 - 1649)

A Fine, Important Letter of State Signed in Latin with subscription "Votre Cher Mties Frater & Consanguinius amantissimus Carolus R", to Ferdinand II of Bohemia, Dalmatia, Croatia, Sclavonia, Archduke of Austria, Stiria, Corinthia, Carniola, Wirtemberga, Count of Tyrol, Holy Roman Emperor (1578 -1637) drafted and in the hand of the King’s Secretary Georg Weckherlin, declining support and urging the reinstatement of Frederick V, his brotherinlaw, , Bagshot, 29th August, 1632

2 pp folio 11¼ x 7¾ ins with conjugate address and remains of seal, with the signet seal of Ferdinand complete,

Note
This letter is written in response to one from Ferdinand delivered by “Nicolaldi, a most worthy messenger of the most serene and powerful king of Spain... and exhort us among above other men to a joint treaty for the restoration of peace in the Empire”. At this time Ferdinand was waging the Thirty Years War (1618-48) Catholic against Protestant, which was devastating his Empire. In 1625, despite the subsidies received from Spain and the Pope, Ferdinand was in a bad financial situation. In order to muster an imperial army to continue the war, he applied to Albrecht von Wallenstein, one of the richest men in Bohemia, on terms which were not advantageous. This final phase was characterised by the unbalancing of Ferdinand’s Catholic Fight, with the intervention of the Swedes in the Protestant cause.
Prompted by family ties, Charles had promised aid to Frederick V, Elector Palatine, (his brotherinlaw) heavily engaged in the first years of the Thirty Years War. He was married to Charles's sister Elizabeth, and had agreed to fund an English force which would join Frederick's general Ernst von Mansfeld. However, Charles's first Parliament, already hostile to his favourite, the duke of Buckingham, refused to fully fund this overseas venture. Involvement in the Thirty Years War continued, with a disastrous attempt against Cadiz in 1626, and another, equally disastrous attempt to help the Protestants of La Rochelle in 1627, after which Charles made peace with both France (1629) and Spain (1630).
At this time in Charles’ reign he was consolidating his relationship with his Roman Catholic Queen after the assassination of his favorite Buckingham, and was ruling without Parliament. A period that was to last for 11 years. Involvement in any campaiging was difficult without the finance voted by Parliament.The letter is a model of diplomatic propriety written and composed in the elegant hand of his Secretary Georg Weckherlin (see footnote).

Knowing that the British would not contemplate any alliance with a Catholic Monarch, he puts his case for the restoration of his Sister and Brother in law. “For we are trying to accomplish the restoration of our brother afresh, everything else being postponed...”. He continues “ and if at length your wisdom and power had abolished utterly removed that proscription, we in turn by no distinction of honour or prejudice of the common good would be prevented from forming an intimate union with the famous house of Austria and keeping it most sincerely.”
£8,500