Prince James Flees to France
This satirical medal focuses on the birth and flight of the young Prince. The lobster is the symbol of the Jesuits, the story being that Ignatious Loyola, their founder, having dropped his bible into the sea had it returned by a lobster when walking along the beach. Father Petre, James's confessor, was his chief advisor as a Jesuit, in his plans to return the kingdom to Rome. The symbol of a windmill alludes to the rumour that the child was in fact the child of a miller's wife smuggled in via a warming pan.In fact Father Petre had already fled to France.There is a Dutch broadside from this time which also portrays Father Petre carrying the young Prince on a lobster. There are also figures of James 11 and Louis XIV riding an ass sharing an outsize Jesuit cap.
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