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The Tryall of Richard Langhorn Esq; Counsellor at Law: For. Trial, Popish Plot, Defendant Richard Langhorne.
The Tryall of Richard Langhorn Esq; Counsellor at Law: For...

The Tryall of Richard Langhorn Esq; Counsellor at Law: For...

A Victim of the Popish Plot [Trial]. [Popish Plot]. Richard Langhorne, Defendant [c.1624-1679]. The Tryall of Richard Langhorn Esq; Counsellor at Law: For Conspiring the Death of the King, Subversion of the Government, And Protestant Religion. Who Upon Full Evidence was Found Guilty of High Treason, And Received Sentence Accordingly, At the Sessions in the Old-Bayley, Holden for London and Middlesex, On Saturday, Being the 14th. of June 1679. Published by Authority. London: Printed for H. Hills et al., 1679. [ii], 41, 44-68, [2] pp. Collates complete, quire M paginated 41, 44, 45, 44. Folio (12-1/2" x 7"). Stab-stitched pamphlet bound into recent quarter morocco over marbled boards. Light fading to morocco, light rubbing to bottom edge. Moderate toning to interior, light foxing and soiling in a few places, illegible early marks to front endleaf and head of title page, later small stamped "5" to front endleaf. A handsome copy. $250. * Only edition. One of the cruelest hoaxes in British history and 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. Langhorne was a Roman Catholic and had provided legal and financial advice to Jesuits in London. He was convicted of treason and executed, and beatified as a Catholic martyr in 1929 by Pius XI. English Short-Title Catalogue R1705.

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Book number 72766