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A Plague of Informers: Conspiracy and Political Trust in William III's England

Rachel Weil


Stories of plots, sham plots, and the citizen-informers who discovered them are at the centre of this study of the turbulent decade following the Revolution of 1688. Most studies of the Glorious Revolution focus on its causes or long-term effects, but this one instead zeroes in on the early years when the survival of the new regime was in doubt. By encouraging informers, imposing loyalty oaths, suspending habeas corpus, and delaying the long-promised reform of treason trial procedure, the Williamite regime protected itself from enemies and cemented its bonds with supporters, but also put its o ... More

Keywords: Glorious Revolution, informers, treason, Williamite regime, loyalty oaths, habeas corpus

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780300171044
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300171044.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rachel Weil, author