Memorials of the Holles Family, 1493-1656

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CAP. 1

(p. 1) Amongst those other innocent entertainments with wch I have pleased my selfe in my life, it hath not beene a litle time or paynes that I have spent in investigating the antiquities and families of my owne country. Nor have I done it without some intention of publique benefit, designing with my selfe (if it had pleased God to have enabled me in it) to have digested a relation both historicall and genealogicall concerning the county of Lincolne, the place where I receaved my birth and have had my habitation. And to that purpose I had gathered together very many materialls out of history, recordes, charters and church monuments; and more I had enriched my selfe with every day had not this damned and dire Rebellion (fatall to every thing of pious or generous composition) rob'd me of my whole leisure, and of a great part of my collections. The remaynder of the wrack I tooke care to praesarve, and at the length got them transported over to me into the Netherlands whither I had escaped from the barbarous tyranny of those bloudy Regicides who now domineere in England. When I had theis with me (and found leisure enough in this my exile) I was thinking to have formed something to the intent before mentioned, but finding an impossibility in it (for he that will erect such a structure must have all his materialls ready before he can build anything) I thought with my selfe that it would not be time mispent to forme a discourse concerning my owne family and ancestors, to the performance of wch I thought the recordes and collections remayning yet in my handes would indifferently well enable me. This I did conceave to be an act of piety to those that are dead and gone, whose memories every day (more and more) threatens to a forgottennesse. Nor did I thinke it of litle use or satisfaction to those of my bloud and name that are or shalbe hereafter. For here they may finde fayre and commendable examples of their owne stocke for them to persue and imitate, and may beholde both the features and dispositions of

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction vii
  • To My Sonne Frescheville Holles. 2
  • Cap. 1 8
  • Cap. 2 15
  • Cap. 3 25
  • Cap. 4 30
  • Cap. 5 33
  • Cap. 6 37
  • Cap. 7 48
  • Cap. 8 61
  • Cap. 9 69
  • Cap. 10 73
  • Cap. 11 83
  • Cap. 12 88
  • Cap. 14 116
  • Cap. 15 129
  • Cap. 16 145
  • Cap. 17 165
  • Cap. 18 184
  • Cap. 19 193
  • Cap. 20 205
  • Cap. 21 227
  • Cap. 22 235
  • Notes 237
  • Index 267
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