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Rapin & Tindal: Tarragona

Rapin & Tindal: Tarragona
Rapin & Tindal.
Plan of the Camp at Tarragona.
J. Basire sculp. For Mr Tindal's Continuation of Mr Rapin's History of England. [1750.]
Engraving   Image 385 x 475mm. Narrow margins, repairs to folds.
Tarragona, part of Catalonia, sided with the allies against the Spanish Crown during the War of the Spanish Succession (1701–14).

The war was triggered by the ascension of Philip V to the Spanish throne following the death of the childless Charles II, last of the Spanish Habsburgs. As Philip was the grandson of the French Bourbon King Louis XIV (The Sun King) the rest of Europe was concerned that Philip could become king of both France and Spain, creating an unstoppable superpower. Here Tindal is dismissively referring to Philip as the Duke of Anjou, his earlier title. Philip's rival was Archduke Charles (or Charles III). After nearly 15 years of war, the Peace of Utrecht confirmed Philip as king of Spain, following his renunciation of any claim to the French throne. Charles later became Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI.

Engraved by J.Basire for Mr. Tindal's Continuation of Mr. Rapin's History of England. Published c. 1750.

Nicolas Tindal (1687-1774) was Rector of Alverstoke in Hampshire, Vicar of Great Waltham, Essex, Chaplain of Greenwich Hospital and a Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford. He translated Frenchman Paul de Rapin's History of England, one of the few comprehensive histories written at that time. Tindal then wrote a three-volume 'Continuation', including the reigns of James II to George II.

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