3p Civil War bible set to fetch £2,000
dmg media (UK)
THE bible of the priest who smuggled King Charles II out of England during the Civil War is set to be sold for thousands at auction. Father John Huddleston’s copy was bought for the modern equivalent of about three pence in the 1950s – but it now has an estimated sale price of at least £2,000. Auctioneer John Crane saw the artefact inside a house in the Wirral and said: ‘It was the first time in 40 years since being an auctioneer I could use the word “unique”.’ Father Huddleston arranged for King Charles II to seek safety in France during the English Civil War, and was at the monarch’s deathbed to convert him to Catholicism in 1685. ‘To buy this item is buying a piece of history,’ Mr Crane said. The bible is part of a timed auction on thesaleroom.com which will close on March 30.