Popish Plot


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Popish Plot

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(Historical Terms) a supposed conspiracy (1678) to murder Charles II of England and replace him with his Catholic brother James: in reality a fabrication by the informer Titus Oates

Popish Plot

1678 Fictitious allegations against English Catholics fabricated by Titus Oates and others. At least 35 innocent people were executed.
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In England, this change began after what was called the Popish Plot of 1678.
Both nonconformists and Anglicans interpreted the Popish Plot as a conspiracy hatched by the "scarlet beast" to subordinate civil power to Roman usurpation, although some Anglican interpreters turned prophecy against Whigs and dissenters in the ensuing furor about the exclusion of James, Duke of York, the future James II.
This may explain why, since the publication of John Kenyon's account in The Popish Plot (London: Heinemann, 1972), historians keenly interested in the subject have framed their more analytic studies in terms of "public opinion," "political crisis," or "political instability" rather than adopting the Popish Plot itself as their governing framework.
30pm) Specialist subjects in the first semi-final are Scott's Last Expedition, Seventies TV series Blake's 7, PG Wodehouse's School Stories and The Popish Plot.
The cult series is one of the specialist subjects, along with Scott's Last Expedition, PG Wodehouse's School Stories and The Popish Plot.
He further believed that church was the main source of all idolatry, tyranny, and persecution of Christian saints, and he viewed the Popish Plot as another example of the need for swift action against the church.
The authors, father and son, paint the background to all this and describe in detail the hysteria that gripped the country during the Popish Plot of 1678 and the years following.
The play was produced in the wake of the revelations of the Popish Plot, when the fear of a French invasion had prompted the raising of the militia.
STOP PRESS: The latest group to condemn the film - this time as a convoluted Popish plot - is, surprise, surprise, Ian Paisley's Free Presbyterians.
And Bellabarba makes a strong case for seeing it as the first of a series of highly damaging scandals associating the court with popery and plotting, which continued under James and would culminate disastrously in the Popish Plot rumors of 1638-41.
During the first months of 1680, the government launched several successful prosecutions against Whig booksellers, most notably Benjamin Harris, who had contributed energetically to the stream of pamphlets offering dire warnings about the Popish Plot and the dangers of allowing James to succeed to the throne.
From his attitude towards Elizabeth, the wife he married when she was only 15 - the descriptions of some of his extra-curricular amatory adventures are hilarious; through the active years at the Admiralty and his year-long incarceration in the Tower for supposed involvement with the Popish Plot of 1679; to his love of any form of ostentation - he rode around in a painted carriage.