1678 The Tryals of William Ireland, Thomas Pickering, and John Grove; For Conspiring to Murder the King
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ESTC Citation No. R2719. Wing T2268
With the register [A2], B-Y2. Collated, complete. Retaining the licence to print leaf. With catchwords 'quire' and 'suance' to pages 9 and 10.
A very scarce pamphlet regarding the Popish Plot, a fictitious conspiracy that gripped England and Scotland in anti-Catholic hysteria between the years 1678 and 1681. English priest Titus Oates fabricated the existence of a massive Catholic conspiracy to assassinate King Charles II, which led to the execution of over twenty innocent men.
In this work, the trials and sentencing of William Ireland (a Jesuit and martyr), Thomas Pickering (a Benedictine lay brother) and John Grove (a layman), all of whom were executed for treason for planning to assassinate King Charles II at Newmarket, are detailed.
All three were innocent, and the King, who had already stated privately that he did not think they were guilty, ordered that they be allowed to hang until they were dead, thus sparing them from drawing and quartering.
Unbound, as issued. Recto of first leaf and verso of final leaves lightly age toned, with handling marks. Internally, firmly bound, with the exception of final gathering - Y - which is detached to tail. Handling mark to fore edge of title page leaf. Pages lightly age toned to perimeters, but generally clean.
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