In response to the plethora of recent Catholic conspiracies to
depose Elizabeth I, William Cecil and Francis Walsingham write the
Bond of Association, which is then signed by others of her Privy
Councillors and loyal servants. These signatories thus declare that
they will defend the Queen and kill the perpetrators of her
assassination. Historian Patrick Collinson has also argued for its
revolutionary nature, since it appears to distinguish between the
person and the role of the monarch, effectively envisaging a
interim republic after such an assassination.
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Editors. "The Bond of Association is presented to Elizabeth I". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 February 2011
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