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Written by Carolyn
(8/24/2004 9:49 p.m.)
As this prince was only nine years old at the time of his Father's death, he was considered by many people as too young to govern, & the late King happening to be of the same opinion, his mother's Brother the Duke of Somerset was chosen Protector of the realm during his minority.
This Man was on the whole of a very amiable Character, & is somewhat of a favourite with me, tho' I would by no means pretend to affirm that he was equal to those first of Men Robert Earl of Essex, Delamare, or Gilpin.
Essex was a favorite of Queen Elizabeth, who we will get to tomorrow.
Delamare is the hero Charlotte Smith's Emmeline. There a few excepts form the novel here.
A scholarly feature on Smith's influence on Jane.
William Cowper's "The History of John Gilpin" was inspired by a tale told to him by Lady Anne Austen (Is she related to Jane?)
The poem itself:
He was beheaded, of which he might with reason have been proud, had he known that such was the death of Mary Queen of Scotland; but as it was impossible that he should be conscious of what had never happened, it does not appear that he felt particularly delighted with the manner of it.
I love this line, as if anyone could be delighted in being executed by whatever means.
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