Mowbray, Lawrence. The Narrative of Lawrence Mowbray of Leeds, In the County of York, Gent. Concerning the Bloody Popish Conspiracy against the Life of His Sacred Majesty, the Government, and the Protestant Religion.
Publisher: Printed for Thomas Simmons and Jacob Sampson, London;
Date of Publication: 1680
Stock Code: 8266
FIRST EDITION. Small folio, pp. 36. Later two-tone binding in quarter parchment with paper-covered boards, and black titles to spine. Spine a little toned and boards a little rubbed to edge. Tidy annotation in pencil relating to the scarcity of the work and to the Popish Plot to blank to fore, dated 1945. Fragmentary partial inscription to margin p. 36. A Very Good copy.
Rare violently anti-Catholic pamphlet by one of the Popish Plot’s principal fabricators. The Popish Plot was an entirely invented conspiracy to whip up hysteria against Catholics during the reign of Charles II; Oates’ allegations led to the execution of at least 22 men before his duplicity was unmasked and he was convicted for perjury. Mowbray’s Narrative is an excellent example of a biased vitriolic work which uses accusations of fraud, planned murder and arson, featuring Jesuits, priests and nuns, to convince his countrymen of fictitious danger both to their national religion and to the state.
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