- Title Pages
- For my parents
- Chapter 1 ‘[T]aking up <i>Plots</i> upon <i>Trust’:</i><sup>1</sup> Titus Oates, Roger L’Estrange, and Popular Polemic
- Chapter 2 ‘[W]ill you have your <i>Throats cut</i> ere you will believe?’:<sup>1</sup> Popish Plot(s)
- Chapter 3 ‘Tis the Press that has made ‘um Mad’:<sup>1</sup> Publishing the Popish Plot and Exclusion Crisis
- Chapter 4 ‘A Popish priest is a certain seducer’:<sup>1</sup> Catholics and Anti-Catholicism
- Chapter 5 ‘Hell, and Rome…have long been confederate against us’:<sup>1</sup> Jesuits and Protestantism
- Chapter 6 ‘The Subduing of a Pestilent Heresy’:<sup>1</sup> Edward Coleman’s Letters
- Chapter 7 ‘A Matter too hot…to be Handled’:<sup>1</sup> The Death of Edmund Berry Godfrey
- Chapter 8 ‘A Few Words among Many, about the Touchy Point of Succession’:<sup>1</sup> The Duke of York and the Exclusion Crisis
- Chapter 9 ‘Have a Care of perverted Authorities’:<sup>1</sup> Parliament, Partisanship, and the Earl of Shaftesbury
- Chapter 10 ‘After-Birth-Inscriptions’:<sup>1</sup> Historical Disputes and the Great Fire of London
- Appendix 1 Chronology of the main events mentioned in the text between August 1678 and June 1679
- Appendix 2 The Organization of the English Province of the Society of Jesus (1678–85)*
- Appendix 3 The Test Acts*
- Appendix 4
- Appendix 5 The Oath to be sworn by subscribers to the Protestant ‘Association’*
- (p.397) Conclusion
- ‘The Horrid Popish Plot’
- British Academy
This concluding chapter discusses the realizations and attempts that were made in the previous chapters. It focuses on Roger L'Estrange, who was preoccupied with authority and used metaphors to describe disguise and opacity. He was a prolific writer of pamphlets and periodicals, and was also fully alive to the manipulations and distortions of political discourse. Roger L'Estrange is also shown to have professed moderation, but he was found to be frequently guilty of zeal and running to extremes. The representation of Catholics is revealed to have been crucial for the credit of the plot.
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