The Revelation of Jesus Christ by Anne Wentworth, an electronic edition. Edited with an introduction by Vickie Taft
- Section: Revelation V. October 8.
collection: Early Modern through the 18th Century
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Revelation V. October 8.
When I had writ this, then the Lord said further concerning the King, Woe to England, when the Kings Life is gone!All may pray, that no hurt to him may be done. Now the Plot40 is found out, all yet is not past, For it's well, if that his Life do escape at last. He now warning hath, if he will notice of it take, We may pray hard for his Life, for Englands sake!
40. Wentworth refers to the Popish Plot of 1678-79 which was fabricated by a Catholic named Titus Oates. Oates falsely claimed that there was a Catholic conspiracy to kill King Charles II, massacre Protestants, and reinstitute Catholicism with the help of a French army. Oates' claims were believed throughout England, the Protestant populous panicked, and many prominent Catholics were executed. It wasn't until 1680 that the English courts began to disregard accusations made against Catholics by false informants. Wentworth illustrates her own anxiety over the existence of this plot in this revelation. See F.J.C. Hearnshaw, et.al., eds., The Dictionary of English History (London: Cassell and Company, Ltd., 1928) 859-60.