A Victim of the Popish Plot [Trial]. Stafford, William Howard [1614-1680], Defendant. The Tryal of William Viscount Stafford for High Treason, In Conspiring the Death of the King, The Extirpation of the Protestant Religion, The Subversion of the Government, And Introduction of Popery into this Realm, Upon an Impeachment by the Knights, Citizens, And Burgesses in Parliament Assembled, In the Name of Themselves and of All the Commons of England: Begun in Westminster-Hall the 30th day of November 1680, And Continued until the 7th of December Following, On which Day Judgment of High Treason was Given Upon Him. With the Manner of his Execution on the 29th of the Same Month. London: Printed by the Assigns of John Bill, Thomas Newcomb, And Henry Hills, 1680/1. [iv], 218 pp. Final leaf, a blank counted in collation, removed. Folio (11" x 6-3/4"). Recent period-style three-quarter calf over marbled boards, raised bands, lettering piece and blind ornaments to spine, endpapers renewed. Moderate toning, headlines affected in places due to trimming, legibility not affected, occasional light foxing, faint dampstaining to top-edge of text block in few places, "8" in tiny hand to head of title page, its foot affected by trimming with loss to imprint statement, some edgewear and a few holes and minor tears to front endleaf. A handsome copy. $450. * Only edition. Stafford was one of several Roman Catholic peers sentenced to death for treason in the wake of the Popish Plot. A fictitious conspiracy to assassinate Charles II, it provoked a spasm of anti-Catholic hysteria in England and Scotland that led to the executions of at least 22 men between 1678 and 1681 and harsh laws against Catholics. One of the victims was Viscount Stafford. English Short-Title Catalogue R3413.
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