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The strange death of Edmund Godfrey: plots and politics in Restoration London

Marshall, A (1999) The strange death of Edmund Godfrey: plots and politics in Restoration London. Sutton Publishing, Stroud. ISBN 9780750921008

Abstract

On the evening of 17 October 1678 the body of Sir Edmund Berry Godrey, a Westminster Justice of the Peace, was discovered in a ditch near Primrose Hill. He had been pierced with his own sword and apparently strangled. His death lead to a widespread popular hysteria about a "Popish Plot". Although a magistrate famous for his fierce rectitude, Godfrey was closely involved with the alternative healer and "stroker", Valentine Greatrakes and also played a part in many plots and and intrigues centred on the uninhibited court of Charles II and Restoration London. His death brough to a head a series of rumours about Catholic plots to kill Charles II and install his brother, James, Duke of York, on the throne. Identified as the victim of a Jesuit hit-man, Godfrey becaem overnight a Protestant martyr and cult figure.

Item Type: Book
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Sutton Publishing is an imprint of The History Press

Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2014 21:08
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2016 16:08
URI: http://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/3156
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