An Account of the Courts of Prussia and Hanover; sent to a Minister of State in Holland
John Toland (1670-1722)
General Editor: J.N. Duggan

An Account of the Court of Prussia and Hanover; sent to a Minister of State in Holland by John Toland (1670-1722). Published by The Manuscript Publisher, 2013.

An Account of the Courts of Prussia and Hanover; sent to a Minister of State in Holland
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John Toland (1670-1722)

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John Toland (1670-1722) was an Irish-born scholar and philosopher of international renown. In his considerable volume of writings, he challenged political and ecclesiastical authority and was a prolific writer on important political and religious issues of his day.

John Toland was born in Donegal, Ireland to a Gaelic-speaking Catholic family on November 30th 1670. He converted to Protestantism at the age of 14. He is chiefly remembered today for what was in fact his first work, Christianity Not Mysterious (1696) - a book which was denounced in the English and Irish Parliaments and publicly burned in Dublin.
Even after more than 300 years, John Toland's Account of the Courts of Prussia and Hanover remains highly readable and continues to be cited by historians of the period. It gives us an engaging and accessible picture of life in those German courts, and of the people who inhabited them at the turn of the 17th to 18th Century.

Toland travelled to Hanover in 1701, with Lord Macclesfield's delegation, to deliver the Act of Succession to the Electress Sophia. The Act named Sophia and her Protestant descendants as heirs to the British throne, should Queen Anne die without leaving a successor.

Toland was well received by Sophia, who also introduced him to the court philosopher, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. The following year, he visited the court of Berlin, where he was received by the Electress’s daughter, the Queen in Prussia, Sophia Charlotte.

His impressions and observations of those visits are recorded in this Account and faithfully preserved in this new edition.

This new edition includes a Foreword, editor's notes, list of Members of the Courts of Prussia and Hanover in 1705, a Chronology of Toland, his life and times.


An Account of the Courts of Prussia and Hanover; sent to a Minister of State in Holland by John Toland (1670-1722)
Non-fiction, historical, European history, early 18th century, contemporary account. 79 pages, B&W facsimile illustrations.
First published in London, England in 1705. This edition published in Ireland, in 2013, by The Manuscript Publisher
ISBN: 978-0-9576729-1-8

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Toland, an Irish figure who deserves to be better known, is regarded by some as a father of the enlightenment. Duggan is keeping the flame alive and this book follows re-publication of Toland's Reasons for Naturalizing the Jews in Great Britain and Ireland. This account of his travels, in two then relatively minor royal courts of Europe, is of interest to the historian. Toland travelled there in 1701, in Lord Macclesfield's delegation to deliver the Act of Settlement to the Electress Sophia of Hanover, confirming her Protestant descendants as heirs to the British throne. It is a lively and engaging account of these courts. Duggan, a Toland expert, provides a foreword and notes on the text. - Books Ireland, March/April 2014
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