The Nativity of the late King Charles

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The Nativity of the late King Charles Astrologically and Faithfully performed with reasons in the Art of the various Success and Mis-fortune of his whole life, by John Gadbury, published by James Cottrell, London in 1659. Layton Collection no 1602

These two pages come from a small volume, published shortly before the Restoration of the monarchy in 1660. Gadbury uses astrological charts to explain the life, deeds and death of Charles I who had been beheaded only ten years earlier. The book provides a glimpse of the work of a 17th century astrologer; Gadbury begs the reader’s forgiveness for his presumption in examining the horoscopes of so illustrious a person.