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A Plague of InformersConspiracy and Political Trust in William III's England$
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Rachel Weil

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300171044

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300171044.001.0001

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Representation, Politics, and Law in the Assassination Plot

Representation, Politics, and Law in the Assassination Plot

(p.248) Chapter 7 Representation, Politics, and Law in the Assassination Plot
A Plague of Informers

Rachel Weil

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the Assassination Plot of 1696, which can be defined narrowly or broadly. Narrowly, it was a plan to ambush King William in a narrow lane between Richmond and Brentford as he returned from hunting. Broadly defined, the Assassination Plot was a plot to encourage a French invasion and raise a rebellion at home to restore James II. The trials of the conspirators signified a victory for the government. It persuaded the courts and the public that the broad and narrow versions of the Assassination Plot were an organic whole, that the purpose of killing the king was to enable the invasion and rebellion to succeed. By insisting that the assassination was inseparable from the uprising and invasion that would follow on its heels, the government tried to infuse the latter with the horror evoked by the former.

Keywords:   Williamite regime, plots, King William, French invasion, rebellion

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