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‘The Horrid Popish Plot’: Roger L’Estrange and the Circulation of Political Discourse in Late Seventeenth-Century London

Peter Hinds


The Popish plot was an alleged Catholic conspiracy to assassinate Charles II and re-introduce the Catholic faith to England. Despite it being a fiction, belief in the plot became widespread and many innocent Catholics were sent to their deaths. Moving away from the focus of recent histories of the plot, which remain predominately in the realms of parliamentary discussion, courts of law and the councils of the King, this volume considers how details of the plot circulated more broadly. It investigates the many media used, primarily print, but also manuscript and word-of-mouth, for instance in b ... More

Keywords: Popish plot, Catholic conspiracy, Charles II, print media, press censorship, books, pamphlets, newspapers, ballads

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780197264430
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264430.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Hinds, author
Lecturer in English, University of Plymouth

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