Mary of Modena
Mary of Modena
by and published by Gerard Valck, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, circa 1685-1688
7 3/4 in. x 5 1/2 in. (196 mm x 140 mm) plate size; 9 5/8 in. x 7 1/8 in. (245 mm x 182 mm) paper size
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- Mary of Modena (1658-1718), Queen of James II. Sitter associated with 56 portraits.
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Current affairsCharles II dies, his heir, Catholic brother, James II, succeeds to the throne. Despite deep distrust by many Protestants, he initially experiences unexpected popularity.
James Scott, Duke of Monmouth, leads the Monmouth Rebellion ambitious to seize the throne. Following his defeat at Sedgemoor, Monmouth is executed at Tower Hill.
Art and scienceOpera Universa, by physician Thomas Sydenham, considered the father of English medicine, is published in London.
Organist, Henry Purcell composes, My heart is inditing, for the coronation of James II and his queen, Mary of Modena.
Writer on dentistry, Charles Allen publishes the earliest known English book on dentistry.
InternationalThe Edict of Fontainebleau is issued by Louis XIV revoking the Edict of Nantes which gave Huguenots a right to practice their religion, free from persecution. Although Huguenots had steadily left France since the Dragonnades in 1681, this edict essentially ended official religious toleration in France.
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