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

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264430

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264430.001.0001

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‘A Popish priest is a certain seducer’:1 Catholics and Anti-Catholicism

‘A Popish priest is a certain seducer’:1 Catholics and Anti-Catholicism

(p.140) Chapter 4 ‘A Popish priest is a certain seducer’:1 Catholics and Anti-Catholicism
‘The Horrid Popish Plot’

Peter Hinds

British Academy

This chapter discusses the activities of Parliament in relation to Catholics during the first few months following the plot revelations. One section looks at the representations of Catholics and Catholicism in pamphlet discourse. Many tropes of anti-Catholicism during the late seventeenth century that impacted upon the credibility of Oates' Popish Plot are taken into account. The importance of the representation of Catholics and Catholicism and how this representation could work to stimulate and sustain belief in the Popish Plot are discussed.

Keywords:   Parliamentary activities, Catholic representations, Catholicism, pamphlet discourse, credibility

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