Seal of approval?

Frontispiece of The Kings Supremacy (1660) Folger Shakespeare Library copy, Washington DC.

I’m working on Robert Sheringham (1602-1678) at the moment. The title page of his one political work, The Kings Supremacy (1660) features a print of the royal seal. This has been taken as symbolising royal approval for the tract though when it was circulated in the Netherlands in the 1650s, Hyde claimed that Charles did not appreciate Sheringham’s literary defence of his authority. Anyone have any ideas as to whether the use of the seal *might* indicate official sanction? The printer, William Godbid, was mainly known for publishing music, so there is no obvious indication there.

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Talk to Central London Humanists 18 August

I’m giving a talk to the Central London Humanists on radicalism and the struggle for religious freedom in Britain. Details here.