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Attributed to Thomas Sprat (1635-1713)

A True account and declaration of the horrid conspiracy against the late king, His Present Majesty, and the government, as it was order'd to be published by His 1685

31.9 x 20.7 x 3.7 cm (book measurement (conservation)) | RCIN 1020626

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The Rye House Plot was uncovered after the confession of one of the plotters, Josiah Keeling. The plan was to ambush Charles II on his way back from a horse race in Newmarket and to kill him and his brother the Duke of York (later James II). Another conspirator was Richard Rumbold, a Cromwellian soldier, whose residence, Rye House, was chosen as the point of the attack. Charles II asked Thomas Sprat to write this account of the plot and made alterations to the text prior to publication. Cat. 179