[Henry Somerset, first Duke of Beaufort - coat of arms].
Engraving 276 x 201mm. 10¾ x 8¼inches. Trimmed on plate minor all over foxing.
Henry Somerset, Marquess of Worcester, [1629-1700] became the First Duke of Beaufort in 1682. Styled as Lord Herbert from 1646 until 1667, he survived the tumultuous and uncertain decades that followed the English civil war by creating remarkable political alliances. While sitting in the Cromwellian Parliament he maintained good relations with the Lord Protector. He was sent to the Tower in 1659 for his part in a Royalist plot and by 1660 was advocating the Restoration. He worked to restore his family’s estates and political power base. He also sought to tame political and religious passions and to bring order and stability. Henry, third marquis of Worcester and first duke of Beaufort, was a powerful regional magnate and became an active member of Charles II’s Privy Council. He refused to swear allegiance to William of Orange.
Fagan:p.21 only state.
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