The Strange Death of Edmund Godfrey
Plots and Politics in Restoration London
By (author) Alan Marshall
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Strange Death of Edmund Godfrey by Alan Marshall
Book DescriptionOn the evening of 17 October 1678 the body of Sir Edmund Berry Godrey, a Westminster Justice of the Peace, was discovered in a ditch near Primrose Hill. He had been pierced with his own sword and apparently strangled. His death lead to a widespread popular hysteria about a "Popish Plot". Although a magistrate famous for his fierce rectitude, Godfrey was closely involved with the alternative healer and "stroker", Valentine Greatrakes and also played a part in many plots and and intrigues centred on the uninhibited court of Charles II and Restoration London. His death brough to a head a series of rumours about Catholic plots to kill Charles II and install his brother, James, Duke of York, on the throne. Identified as the victim of a Jesuit hit-man, Godfrey becaem overnight a Protestant martyr and cult figure.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780750921008
(234mm x 156mm x 26mm)
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 18-Nov-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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