In addition to its importance in mainstreaming apocalyptic interpretation in late-Stuart history, Johnston's work is especially helpful in explaining the credibility of the Popish Plot
allegations and the meaning of 1688-89 for contemporaries.
Catherine of Braganza, the Popish Plot
, and Catholic Books
The complex phenomena often subsumed under the term "Popish Plot
," a critical moment in English history during the late 1670s and early 1680s, tend to resist the type of linear narrative required to make sense of the plot itself.
He further believed that church was the main source of all idolatry, tyranny, and persecution of Christian saints, and he viewed the Popish Plot
as another example of the need for swift action against the church.
Charles II'S response to the Popish Plot
helps to explain why few were eager to block James's succession.
Even remarkable and lurid events such as those in the Popish Plot
are described in drab, matter-of-fact tones, if they are described at all.
News & World Report's Michael Barone, who in a syndicated column wrote that "Joseph Wilson is our latest Titus Oates," who in 1678-79 "accused various English Catholics of a 'popish plot
' to assassinate King Charles II."
According to Hilton, the EU is a 'Popish plot
', an attempt by the Vatican to takeover Europe and do away with Protestantism.
Raymond opens with the origins of the form in the popular culture of the sixteenth century, focusing especially on the Marprelate controversy of the 1580s, and closes with the full development of the form and "pamphletization" of culture in the 1680s, using the fierce polemics surrounding the Popish Plot
to punctuate his contention that as the seventeenth century progressed, pamphlets--notwithstanding their diminutive size and suspect reputation--played an increasingly vital role in the generation of public opinion, political conflict, and social policy in England.
The feeling of anxiety and uncertainty characterizing the language and imagery of these versions is not surprising given the threat of civil unrest in the years of the Popish Plot
and the Exclusion Crisis.
(2) Third, as the previous suggests, Dryden and Lee's play, while offering no strict allegory, has relevance to contemporary events--the Popish Plot
and the gathering Exclusion Crisis--not least in that, with its added subplot, their version focuses more than others on issues of legitimacy and succession.
STOP PRESS: The latest group to condemn the film - this time as a convoluted Popish plot
- is, surprise, surprise, Ian Paisley's Free Presbyterians.