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Rachel E. Hile

-speaking over monolingual ministers, because, he said, “those people had souls which ought not to be neglected till they would learn English” (qtd. in Jones, A True Relation, 44). MUP_Hile_SpenserSatire_Printer.indd 77 14/10/2016 15:35 Spenserian satire 78 misses the spirit of Spenserian satire, which uses indirection and ambiguity to manage the risk of criticizing or even mocking people with real political power. Bedell takes no risks with this poem, because the satire targets a reviled out-group, English Catholics and the subset of English Catholic Gunpowder Plotters

in Spenserian satire
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Eric Pudney

and belief in English witchcraft drama The question of the balance between liberty and authority was at the centre of the disturbances and debates connected to the Popish Plot and the Succession Crisis. The Popish plot was the name given to a supposed conspiracy to overthrow the government of England and restore the Church to the control of the Pope. Such a plot never existed in reality, but belief in and fear of it led to the execution of twenty-four English Catholics and the imprisonment of hundreds more. Fear of the plot also led to demands for an Exclusion Bill

in Scepticism and belief in English witchcraft drama, 1538–1681
Eric Pudney

rumours by referring in court to the attempted Spanish invasion of 1588 and the gunpowder plot, and one of the accused, James Franklin, added to the intrigue by hinting at a larger conspiracy, probably in an attempt to delay his execution. The implausibility of the rumours peaked with stories of a Catholic plot to poison the entire royal family. To this end, it was said that Frances had faked her pregnancy so that the poisoning could be carried out at a banquet celebrating the birth of the baby (which would be borrowed). After the murder of the royal family, English

in Scepticism and belief in English witchcraft drama, 1538–1681