Brief account of Mr Bowers escape from the Inquisition
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Written on the inside front wrapper is the name: F. or T. Coole, or Hoole. The manuscript is headed: 'A BRIEF ACCOUNT / of / Mr Bowers Escape / From the Inquisition / Taken from his own Mouth / BY A LADY
Along with the manuscript there is a report/letter dated 13 August 1998 from the Assistant Keeper, British Library, Department of Manuscripts, to a previous owner of the manuscript
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Archibald Bower was born at or near Dundee in 1685-1686. He was educated at the Scots College, Douai, which had been established in 1594 for the training of Scottish Roman Catholic exiles. Afterwards he went to Rome, and was admitted into the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in 1706. Bower then spent time in Fano, Arezzo, Florence, Macerata, and Perugia. The reasons for his flight from Perugia in 1726 are varied. Some say that he had been caught with a nun, but Bower himself said that it was because of the terrible proceedings of the Court of the Inquisition at Macerata, in which he said that he was counsellor or judge. He later returned to the Church of England. His own manuscript account of his escape had circulated in a number of versions during the eighteenth century.
Archibald Bower died on 3 September 1766, and was buried in Marylebone churchyard.
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- Copy of manuscript describing the Escape from the Inquisition made by Archibald Bower (1686-1766)
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