Wale. “King Stephen. He was born in the Year 1105. Crowned Dec 2, 1135. Taken Prisoner at Lincoln, by the Earl of Glocester, Feb 1141, and Put in Irons at Bristol, but released in exchange for the Earl, who was afterwards taken at Winchester by the Kings Army. Died Oct 25, 1154, and was Buried at Feversham.” From Barnard’s New Complete and Authentic History of England. London: Edward Barnard, 1781-83. Engraving. On sheet 14 1/2 x 9. Some light stains, but overall very good condition.
From a series of historical prints from Edward Barnard’s History of England. This delightful history was described on one of the prints as “A Work Universally Acknowledged to be the Best Performance of the Kind,-on account of It’s Impartiality, Accuracy, New Improvements, Superior Elegance, &c.” It was issued at the end of the eighteenth century in response to the growing demand for works on all subjects by a newly educated reading public in England.