AUTHOR: [RYE HOUSE PLOT] Thomas Walcot; William Hone; William Russell, Lord; John Rouse; William Blague
TITLE: The Tryals of Thomas Walcot, William Hone, William Lord Russell, John Rous & William Blagg for high-treason for conspiring the death of the King, and raising a rebellion in this kingdom....
PUBLISHER: London: for Richard Royston, &c., 1683.
DESCRIPTION: 1 vol., extracted, folio, 11-5/8" x 7", (i)81pp., complete.
CONDITION: Paper loss to last leaf affecting several words.
REFERENCE: WING T2265
ADDITIONAL INFORMATON: The principal contemporary account of the trial of the plot's conspirators, leading to the execution of Lord Russell (and Algernon Sydney) and contributing mightily if indirectly to the Glorious Revolution and the reform of the English law of treason.
The Rye House Plot of 1683 was a plan to assassinate King Charles II of England and his brother (and heir to the throne) James, Duke of York. Historians vary in their assessment of the degree to which details of the conspiracy were finalized. Whatever the state of the assassination plot, plans to mount a rebellion against the Stuart monarchy were being entertained by some opposition leaders in England, and the government cracked down hard on those in a series of state trials, accompanied with repressive measures and widespread searches for arms. The Plot presaged, and may have hastened, the rebellions of 1685.