A Leader of the Gunpowder Plot [Trial]. [Garnett, Henry [1555-1606], Defendant. A True and Perfect Relation of the Whole Proceedings Against the Late Most Barbarous Traitors, Garnet a Iesuite, and his Confederats: Contayning Sundry Speeches Delivered by the Lords Commissioners at their Arraignments, For the Better Satisfaction of Those that Were Hearers, As Occasion was Offered; The Earle of Northamptons Speech Having Bene Enlarged Upon Those Grounds Which are Set Downe. And Lastly all that Passed at Garnets Execution. London: Imprinted by Robert Barker, 1606.  pp. Quarto (7" x 5-1/2"). Contemporary speckled calf, blind-stamped crest to center of front board, raised bands, gilt ornaments and lettering piece to spine, endpapers renewed. Light rubbing to boards, heavier rubbing to extremities with wear to spine ends and corners, joints starting at ends, crack in text block between front free endpaper and following leaf, rear hinge starting, ear armorial bookplate to front pastedown, later owner bookplate to rear pastedown. Moderate toning to text, gradually diminishing dampstaining to first quarter of text block, faint dampstaining to upper corners of final few leaves. $1,250. * Reissue of the first edition, 1606, one of three reissues from 1606. This anonymous work is a account of Garnet's trial on March 28, 1606 before a special commission at the Guild Hall of London for his participation in the Gunpowder Plot, an assassination attempt by a group of provincial English Catholics against King James I. The plot intended to kill the king, his family, and much of the Protestant aristocracy by blowing up the Houses of Parliament during the State Opening on November 5, 1605. The conspirators also planned to abduct the royal children, who were not present in Parliament, and incite a popular revolt in the Midlands. A spectacular failure, it led to harsh measures against English Catholics. English Short-Title Catalogue S2009.
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