throckmorton plot

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  • throckmorton plot
    • plot
      • french duke of guise plotted to invade england, other throw elizabeth free mary, make it catholic
      • phillip 2 offered to help pay for the plot and the pope approved
      • throckmorton passed letters between mary and plotters
    • failure
      • walsingham discovered the plot in may 1583
      • november 1583 spies found papers showing his part
      • he was arrested and tortured he was executed in may 1584
    • significance
      • revealed extent of foreign threat
      • confirming enemy within
      • showed potential threat from france and spain
      • government treated english  catholics with greater suspicion. many fled whilst others were imprisoned or kept under house arrest
      • 1585 it became punishable by death to shelter priests


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