Perceptive Satirical Commentary on the Popish Plot of 1678 [Popish Plot]. [Smith, Francis (fl. 1657-1689)]. Some Observations Upon the Late Tryals of Sir George Wakeman, Corker and Marshall, &c. By Tom Tickle-Foot the Taborer, Late Clerk to Justice Clodpate. London: Printed for A. Brewster, 1679. 8, 7-9,  pp. Pagination irregular, text complete. Folio (11-3/4" x 7-3/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in recent plain wrappers. Light soiling to exterior, tiny stain to front wrapper, moderate toning and occasional faint spotting to interior, light soiling to title page. $300. * Only edition. Supposedly written by a clerk to "Justice Clodpate," this satirical and sensational account of the Popish Plot of 1678 is also a remarkably perceptive and interesting contemporary analysis. One of the cruelest hoaxes in British history, one that led to a wave of anti-Catholic violence, the Popish Plot 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. After the hoax was discovered in 1685 Oates was convicted of perjury, severely flogged and imprisoned. Under William III he was released and pensioned. English Short-Title Catalogue R12969.
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