1696. Three Survivors of the Popish Plot [Trial]. Bromwich, Andrew [c.1640-1702], Defendant. Atkins, William [1601-1681], Defendant. Kern, Charles, Defendant. The Trial, Conviction and Condemnation of Andrew Brommich and William Atkins, For Beiug [sic] Romish Priests, Before the Right Honourable the Lord Chief Justice Scroggs, At Summer Assizes Last at Stafford Held There for the County of Stafford; Where They Received Sentence of Death Accordingly. Together with the Tryal of Charles Kern, At Hereford Assizes Last for Being a Romish Priest. London: Printed for Robert Pawlett, 1679. 20 pp. Folio (12" x 7"). Stab-stitched pamphlet bound into recent cloth, gilt title to spine. Light soiling and rubbing to extremities. Moderate toning and faint dampspotting to text, faint dampstaining to title page and a few other leaves. Ex-library. Bookplate to front pastedown. A nice copy. * Only edition. The Popish Plot was a fictitious conspiracy to assassinate Charles II. It provoked a spasm of anti-Catholic hysteria in England and Scotland that led to the executions of at least 22 men between 1678 and 1681 and harsh laws against Catholics. As Catholic priests Bromwich, Atkins and Kern were guilty by association. All three escaped death. The jury failed to convict Kern, Bromwich and Atkins were found guilty and sentenced to death. However, Lord Chief Justice Scroggs granted clemency to Atkins due to his age; he died in prison. Bromwich was treated likewise when evidence disputing his guilt was produced after the trial. Like Atkins, he was imprisoned. He was released in 1685 when James II put an end to the persecution of Catholics. OCLC locates 3 copies in North American law libraries (Harvard, New York University, University of Minnesota). English Short-Title Catalogue R18341. (Inventory #: 65695)
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