xxxxxIn the year 1678 an English priest named Titus Oates (1649-
TITUS OATES AND THE "POPISH PLOT" OF 1678 (C2)
Oates: date and artist unknown. Plot: from the 1849 edition of The Gentleman’s Magazine, published in London, artist unknown. Pillory: from the first edition of The Book of Days, 1862, the work of the Scottish editor and publisher Robert Chambers (1802-
xxxxxThe English priest Titus Oates (1649-
xxxxxItxwas at this juncture that he met up with a fanatical anti-
xxxxxMeanwhile, Oates was handsomely rewarded for saving the country, being granted a large pension and an apartment in Whitehall Palace. In 1684, however, doubts surfaced about the validity of his story and, with the accession of James II the following year, he was found guilty of perjury, flogged, spent time in a pillory, and was then imprisoned for life. But, come the Glorious Revolution of 1688, he was pardoned by the new Protestant king, William III, and again granted a pension!
xxxxxButxthe Popish Plot -
xxxxxIncidentally, the searching of the vaults before the opening of each new session of parliament was instituted after this so-