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    William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury, Partial Document Signed. Partial page of vellum, 7.5" x 5.75", May 12, 1635. Signed by Laud two years after he became archbishop.

    William Laud (1573-1645) served as the Archbishop of Canterbury beginning in 1633 at the age of sixty, four years after Charles I began his rule, known as the Eleven Years' Tyranny (1629-1640). To the consternation of the Scottish, the king and Laud attempted to reform the Church of Scotland, hoping to make it more uniform with the Church of England. Charles' rule ended in 1640 after the Scots invaded England, and during the aftermath, Laud was arrested in 1640 and found himself imprisoned in the Tower of London for treason. He was executed in 1645, ten years after this document was signed. The pun "give great praise to the Lord, and little Laud to the devil" is a warning to King Charles attributed to Archibald Armstrong, the official court jester. Laud was known to be extremely sensitive about his short stature.

    Condition: Vellum is fragile, with wear and paper loss along the edges and at top corner. Toned throughout, with a central, horizontal fold. Signatures are bold.

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