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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WHEN was the Rye House Plot hatched against Charles II?
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. Underlying each argument is the earl's belief that the aristocracy should be the leading, if not central, body governing the English nation.
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.
At the Old Bailey in 1683, Captain Thomas Walcot, was sentenced to be hung, drawn and quartered for his part in conspiring to assassinate King Charles II and his brother the Duke Of York in the so-called 'Rye House plot'
In the 17th century the Rye House Plot was a plan to assassinate which English monarch?
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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.
Perhaps the most interesting section of the book relates to events surrounding what came to be called the Rye House plot. Following the defeat of exclusion, the successful attack by Charles II's government on the shrievalty election in London in 1682 and the flight of Shaftesbury to the Netherlands where he soon died, an aristocratic cabal did emerge in England to plan an uprising against the government (although not one necessarily aimed at harming Charles).
Which English king was the target of an assassination attempt known as the Rye House Plot? 6.