Sunderland, Robert Spencer, second Earl of (16401702)

Sunderland, Robert Spencer, second Earl of, an English statesman prominent in the reign of Charles II., James II., and William III.; was for some years engaged in embassies abroad before being appointed Secretary of State in 1679; adroit and insinuating, and with great capacity for business, he soon became a leading minister; attached himself to the Duchess of Portsmouth, and in the corrupt politics of the two Stuart kings played his own hand with consummate if unscrupulous skill, standing high in King James's favour as Prime Minister, although he had formerly intrigued in favour of Monmouth; supported the Exclusion Bill, and even then was in secret communication with the Prince of Orange; after the Revolution rose to high office under William; was instrumental in bringing the Whigs into power, and during 1695-1697 was acknowledged head of his Government (16401702).

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

Sunderland, Charles Spencer, third Earl * Sunnites
Sumbawa
Sumner, Charles
Sumner, John Bird
Sumptuary Laws
Sumter, Fort
Sun, The
Sunda Islands
Sunderbunds
Sunderland
Sunderland, Charles Spencer, third Earl
Sunderland, Robert Spencer, second Earl of
Sunnites
Sun-Worship
Suonada
Supererogation, Works of
Super-Grammaticam
Superior, Lake
Superstition
Supralapsarianism
Supremacy, Royal
Surabaya