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A True and plaine declaration of the horrible Treasons, practised by William Parry the Traitor, against the Queenes Maiestie. The maner of his Arraignment, Conuiction and execution, together with the copies of sundry letters of his and others, tending to diuers purposes, for the proofes of his Treasons. Also an addition not impertinent thereunto, containing a short collection of his birth, education and course of life. Moreouer, a fewe obseruations gathered of his owne wordes and wrytings, for the farther manifestation of his most disloyal, deuilish and desperate purpose.

Elizabeth I, Queen of England (1533-1603); Parry, William (d. 1585)

Published by By C. Barker,, London:, 1585
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Quarto: [2], 53, [1], 7, [1] p. Collation: A-H4 This is an extremely scarce work. The last complete copy to appear at auction was in the Parke Bernet sale (1978), sold to Stirling Maxwell.A fascinating, contemporary report of William Parry?s plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth, with an account of his discovery, imprisonment, confession, and execution (in March 1585), together with the following documents: the confession of Parry?s fellow-conspirator, Edmund Neville, outlining in detail Parry?s plans to kill Elizabeth with his dagger in her private gardens or, failing that, to shoot her at St. James; and Parry?s own confession, written with his own hand before Walsingham in the Tower. This is followed by two more letters of confession by Parry, the first addressed to the queen; the next addressed to Burghley and Leicester. The volume also includes documents that further incriminate Parry and provide details of the early stages of his plotting. The first of these is a letter, written by the Jesuit William Crichton -who was at the time imprisoned in the Tower for his role in a Jesuit plot to assassinate the queen- recalling a conversation with Parry concerning the lawfulness of assassinating the queen. Next we have Ptolomeo Galli, Cardinal of Como?s letter to Parry, in which he approves a letter that Parry had written to the pope, allegedly offering to assassinate Queen Elizabeth, and that the pope granted him a plenary indulgence for his efforts.Following the account of Parry?s trial and execution by hanging on March 2, 1585, the printer has added ?A few observations gathered out of the very wordes and writings of William Parry, the traytour, applied to prove his trayterous coniuration, with a resolute intent, imagination, purpose, and obstinate determination to have killed her Maiestie.? This account of Parry?s machinations implicates the Jesuits, English recusants and seminarians, and the pope himself. The revelation that Parry conceived of his plan by reading the works of William Allen prompts this editorial note: ?See how the smoothe wordes of that Catholique booke are enterpreted and conceived. One Spirite occupieth the Catholique reader with the Catholique writer, and therefore can best expound the writers sence in his readers mouth, even to bee a booke fraught with emphaticall speeches of energeticall perswasion to kill and depose her Maiestie, and yet doeth the hypocrite writer, that traitour Catholique, dissemble and protest otherwise.?William Parry: Spy and Conspirator?Parry was supposedly educated at Chester with John Fisher, who ?had some small skill and understanding in law?, and at the grammar school (Holinshed, 1392). Like his social standing, his education was later denigrated to make a mockery of his continental doctorate. Supposedly, he went to London about 1560, perhaps for some further legal training. Parry married the widow Powell (d. in or before 1571), daughter of Sir William Thomas of Carmarthenshire, and served William Herbert, first earl of Pembroke, until 1570, when he managed to attach himself to the royal household. By March 1571 he had married Katherine, widow of Richard Heywood, a king's bench official, and acquired lands in Lincolnshire and Kent worth £80 per annum to add to his Flintshire inheritance of £20 per annum. In his own account in 1582, Parry, who had serious debts, doubled this landed income to £200 per annum. John Somers wrote after Parry's arrest that he had ?known him ever since he married old Mistress Haywood, my neighbour in Fleet Street, of whom he made as much as he could, besides abusing her daughter? (CSP Scot., 1584?5, 585).?In early 1577 Parry travelled to Rome and Siena, sending unsolicited letters to William Cecil, Baron Burghley, whose patronage he continued to seek on his return. By early 1580 Parry had fled his creditors and reached Paris. He tried to rehabilitate himself with Burghley by sending intelligence, but incongruously took it upon himself to recommend pardons f. Bookseller Inventory # 3150D

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Title: A True and plaine declaration of the ...

Publisher: By C. Barker,, London:

Publication Date: 1585

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: FIRST EDITION, one of three issues..

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