"For Speaking Treasonable Words Against His Most Sacred Majesty" [Trial]. Staley, William [d.1678], Defendant. The Tryal of William Stayley, Goldsmith; For Speaking Treasonable Words Against His Most Sacred Majesty: And Upon Full Evidence Found Guilty of High Treason, And Received Sentence Accordingly, On Thursday November the 21th 1678. London: Printed for Robert Pawlet, At the Bible in Chancery-Lane near Fleet-Street, 1678. 8, 7-10 pp. Main text preceded by imprimatur on verso of title page. Text continuous, and complete, despite pagination. Folio (12-1/2" x 8"). Stab-stitched pamphlet bound into recent buckram, gilt-stamped title to spine. Moderate toning to text, faint dampstain and light soiling to title page, internally clean. $100. * Only edition, one of two issues from 1678. William Staley (or Stayley) was one of the victims of the Popish Plot, one of the cruelest hoaxes in British history and the inspiration for a wave of anti-Catholic violence. It was the invention of Titus Oates, an Anglican clergyman, and his friend, Dr. Israel Tonge, a cleric and passionate anti-Catholic. They pretended to have discovered a Jesuit plot to assassinate the King, massacre Protestants, and set James, Duke of York, the King's Catholic brother, on the throne. Convicted as a conspirator, Staley was executed and quartered in 1678. "Instead of his quarters being set upon the city gates the king allowed them to be delivered to his relatives. Mass was said over his remains and a 'grand' funeral was arranged from his father's house on 29 November, before his burial in St Paul's, Covent Garden. This incensed the government so much that the coroner ordered the body to be dug up and delivered to the sheriff to be set upon the city gates" [Oxford Dictionary of National Biography]. William Stayley's head has a small place in London's history; it was the last to be displayed on London Bridge. This account was reissued in Dublin in 1723. English Short-Title Catalogue TR228446.
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