This introduction first sets out the book’s purpose, which is examine how the “discoveries” of plots, debates about their authenticity, and controversies about how the government and the courts dealt with alleged internal enemies affected the “credit of the government” in the years immediately following the Revolution of 1688. The discussion then asks why trust was articulated as a problem in politics and in just about every other arena in the late seventeenth century, and how it became so central to the Williamite regime. It also looks at informing in Williamite England. The book’s scope and organization are also described.
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