King James II
13 of 132 portraits of King James II
King James II
by Unknown artist
etching, late 1630s
7 1/4 in. x 5 1/2 in. (184 mm x 141 mm) paper size
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Events of 1637back to top
Current affairsPolitician, John Hampden, fights a high profile case refusing to pay ship money imposed by Charles I, whose case is argued by Judge, Sir John Bankes. Hampden narrowly looses the case. Charles I, eager to extend Anglicism to Scotland through the imposition of a new Prayer Book, meets with resistance.
Art and scienceSovereign of the Seas is launched, the largest, most lavishly decorated naval warship. Built by shipbuilder Peter Pett, construction is supervised by his father Phineas Pett. John Milton's greatest memorial elegy, Lycidas, is dedicated to fellow poet Edward King. Dramatist, Thomas Killigrew, writes his most popular play, The Parson's Wedding.
InternationalCharles I issues a proclamation that those emigrating to America must obtain a licence from the Commissioners for Plantations and a certificate proving allegiance to the king and conformity to the Church of England. First recorded economic bubble. Contract prices for tulips in the Netherlands collapses having become very high.
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