Titus Oates presents his version of the Popish Plot to a London
magistrate, Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey. Oates claims that the Pope
has ordered the Jesuits to overthrow Charles II with French and
Spanish aid. Eventually the entire plot is revealed to be little
more than a fictional concoction, but in the meantime,
anti-Catholic panic precipitates the Exclusion Crisis aimed at
removing James Duke of York from the succession.
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Editors. "Titus Oates gives his rendition of the Popish Plot before a magistrate". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 April 2011
[https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=16661, accessed 16 January 2018.]