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The life of Robert Earl of Leicester, the favourite of Queen Elizabeth: drawn from original writers and records

Author Jebb, Samuel
Title The life of Robert Earl of Leicester, the favourite of Queen Elizabeth: drawn from original writers and records
Imprint London: Woodman and Lyon
Date of Publication 1727
Language English
Notes This book comes from the library of Gordon Castle, home of the Dukes of Gordon, and contains that library's booklabel, shelf label and armorial bookplate. However originally it belonged to one particular member of the Gordon family, as revealed by a flyleaf inscription: 'Lord Lewis Gordon his Book given to him by his Mamma Janry 17th 1733'. Lord Lewis Gordon (c.1725-54) would be one of Bonnie Prince Charlie's members of council in 1745, and end his life in exile in France. This life of a prominent Elizabethan courtier at first glance does not seem a likely present for the Jacobite Henrietta Gordon to give to her 8-year-old fatherless son, and one wonders if he in fact ever read the book, or if it made its way into the family library because it failed to hold his interest.
Shelfmark AB.2.209.09
Reference Sources Oxford DNB
Acquired on 21/05/09
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