The Strange Death of Edmund Godfrey: Plots and Politics in Restoration London
The Strange Death of Edmund Godfrey: Plots and Politics in Restoration London

The Strange Death of Edmund Godfrey: Plots and Politics in Restoration London

by Alan Marshall

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780750921008
Publisher: Sutton Publishing
Publication date: 01/01/2000
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.38(w) x 9.45(h) x 1.01(d)

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