Notes to the whole volume

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James Gairdner (editor)

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1880

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187-188

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'Notes to the whole volume', Three fifteenth-century chronicles: With historical memoranda by John Stowe (1880), pp. 187-188. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=58672 Date accessed: 26 November 2014.


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NOTES.

I. — The Earthquake of 1382, page 49.

As to the meaning of he enighmatical lines "A post Dunstanum," &c. see Dr. Simpson's Documents illustrating the History of St. Paul's Cathedral, p. 59, note, and Appendix, pp. 219–221.

II. — Christopher Margrave of Baden, pp. 133, 136.

With regard to this person and his wife Cecily, Dr. von Weech of Carlsruhe had favoured me with the following particulars:—

Margrave Christopher II., of Baden, son of Margrave Bernard III., was born after his father's death, on the 26th Feb. 1537. In the division of territory with his brother Margrave Philibert, in 1556, he received the lands of Baden in the duchy of Luxembourg, and became the founder of the separate line of Baden at Rodemachern. He took part with the army of Philip II. of Spain in the war with France, and fought at the battle of St. Quentin. In 1561 he made a journey to Sweden, and there was betrothed to Cecilia, daughter of Gustavus Wasa, and sister of King Eric XIV. Hereupon in the service of Sweden he took part in the war with Denmark in 1563, in command of a body of German horse. In November 1564 his marriage with the Princess Cecilia took place at Stockholm, with whom he thereupon departed to his possessions in the Netherlands, and took up his abode at Rodemachern. In the year 1565 he and his bride paid a visit to Queen Elizabeth in England; but he himself remained at her court only a short time, leaving his bride behind him alone in straitened circumstances. The latter, on the 17th Sept. 1565, gave birth to Prince Edward Fortunatus. To enable her to continue her expensive abode at the English Court, the Queen, on the 22nd Nov. 1565, granted the Margrave a pension of 2,000 French crowns of the sun, which was paid to him every year in quarterly payments out of the Treasury at Westminster. But this contribution was not sufficient for the Margravine's expenditure at Court. She contracted serious debts, and the Margrave accordingly came again to London in 1566 to take her away. The creditors, however, took notice of his object, and detained him as a prisoner. Only when the Queen gave security for him did he venture to depart.

Margrave Christopher died at Rodemachern on the 2nd Aughust, 1575. Margravine Cecilia did not die till 1627.



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