A collection of fifteen documents - 12 handwritten copies of letters and 3 printed letters - illustrating Cardinal Giulio Alberoni's fall into disfavor, his banishment, and the efforts of the Vatican to have him arrested and deprived of his cardinalate between 1717 and 1721. The documents include a series of Alberoni's correspondence (one letter bearing his signature, 28 May 1720, fol. 24v) with Spanish and Vatican representatives, and three printed pamphlets and printed letters commenting on the events and the extent of Alberoni's culpability, including the printed brief written in his defense at the time of his imprisonment (1721).
Ms. documents. First part of title from title page (fol. 2r); remainder of tite supplied by cataloger. Binding: Bound in brown paper over pasteboard; remains of ties at fore edge (part of backstrip lacking). Shelfmark: Berkeley, CA, The Robbins Collection, UC Berkeley School of Law, Robbins MS 144.
Phillips, T. Cat ms. 6191.
Manuscript was once in the possession of the Colonna family (their red stamp depicting a column on the front flyleaf, title page, and last leaf); also in the possession of Frederick North, Earl of Guilford (his 641/3) and in the collection of Sir Thomas Phillipps (his no. 6191).
RBCAG Robbins MS 144
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