Rye House Plot


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Rye House Plot,

1683, conspiracy to assassinate Charles II of England and his brother James, duke of York (later James II), as they passed by Rumbold's Rye House in Hertfordshire on the road from Newmarket to London. However, the king did not make the journey on the expected day; the plot, an offshoot of earlier insurrection plots hatched by the 1st earl of ShaftesburyShaftesbury, Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1st earl of,
1621–83, English statesman. In the English civil war he supported the crown until 1644 but then joined the parliamentarians.
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, was revealed. Although the actual conspirators were only minor figures, the great Whig leaders Lord William RussellRussell, Lord William,
1639–83, English statesman; younger son of the 1st duke of Bedford. He entered Parliament in 1660. Contempt for the dissolute court and fear of Roman Catholicism and of France led him to join the opposition to Charles II.
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 and Algernon SidneySidney or Sydney, Algernon,
1622–83, English politician; son of Robert Sidney, earl of Leicester. He served in the parliamentary forces during the English civil war and was a member (1652–53) of the council
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 were executed on flimsy evidence of guilt by association.
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In the 17th century the Rye House Plot was a plot to assassinate which English monarch?
Philip Milton explores the extent and nature of Shaftesbury's involvement in the Rye House plot.
One son, Algernon, will eventually be executed for his part in the Rye House Plot while another son, Robert, attended to King Charles II when he returned to England.
In the 17th century the Rye House Plot was a plan to assassinate which English monarch?
Just days after Locke left Oxford [in 1683], the University, shocked by the revelations of the Rye House plot, set about drawing up a list of "damnable doctrines" which encouraged such plottings.
During its presence in Fleet Street, Temple Bar had variously housed files from the neighbouring Child's Bank and displayed the heads of rebels and traitors, notably perpetrators of the Rye House plot to assassinate Charles II, and also the Jacobite rebels of 1745, thus giving it its grim sobriquet, the City's 'Golgotha'.
Harth's final chapter concerns the third Tory propaganda offensive which followed the discovery of the Rye House Plot in June 1683, and which was characterized both by a `rhetoric of suspicion and fear', designed both to encourage and support resolute royal action, and by providential myth-making, in which Charles II was said to have been delivered from the plotters by the direct intervention of God in a `second Restoration'.
Moreover, Dryden undoubtedly welcomed the opportunity to enlarge the prologue's political allegory on the Rye House Plot, given in thinly veiled sexual terms.
In his discussion of the trials of those accused of complicity in the Rye House plot Greaves offers the suggestion that Essex's death was murder rather than suicide.
He was also a younger brother of Francis North, first Baron Guilford, Lord Keeper of the Great Seal under Charles II, who was much involved in the legal wrangling over the Exclusion Crisis, as well as the trials after the Popish Plot and the Rye House Plot, and was, therefore, reviled by the Whig opposition.
When the Rye House Plot was revealed in the summer of 1683, Grey of Warke had to flee to the Continent quickly, where he was shortly joined by his mistress and sister-in-law, Henrietta.
At the heart of Secrets of the Secrets of the Kingdom is that "skein of conspiracies" known as the Rye House Plot.