The Babington plot

The Babington plot

WHEN?

1586

WHAT?

  • The Duke of Guise would invade England, murder Elizabeth and put Mary, Queen of Scots, on the throne. Phillip ii and the pope supported the plot.
  • Anthony Babington, a Catholic, wrote to Mary in July 1586 about the conspiracy
  • Walsingham intercepted the letters which demonstrated Mary's support and involvement in the plot.  
  • Babington and the plotters were sentenced to death and were hung, drawn and quartered.
  • October 1586, Mary was sentenced to death. Elizabeth delayed signing Mary's death warrant but finally did it in February 1587.
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The Babington plot PART TWO

SIGNIFICANCE ON THE PLOT

  • Elizabeth's situation was more precarious.
  • By 1585, England and Spain were virtually at war
  • The persecution of Catholics intensified.
  • Led to the execution of MQOS 
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