Special Collection Treasures
Published on August 24, 2018 by Becky Hyde
Front Cover

Front cover

The FRAUDS of Romish Monks and Priests and farther Discover'd

By the Author of a late Book, Entitled, The Frauds of Romish Monks and Priests.

Printed by Samuel Roycroft, for Robert Clavell, at the Peacock at the West-end of S.Pauls. 1691

This first edition book was printed in 1691; it has had several editions published into this day. Though he published under the French pseudonym Gabriel d'Emiliane, the author is Antonio Gavin.

The Dedication page

He was originally ordained as a secular priest in Roman Catholicism in his hometown of Saragossa, Spain. As a young man he converted to Protestantism so he disguised himself as an officer of the army and left Spain, making his way to London. In London he wrote these tales while also preaching to a Spanish language Anglican congregation.

Though his books were understood to be untrue, the indecent tales contained gave Gavin lasting notoriety. At least three editions of this work were published during his lifetime.