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Macbeth and the Jesuits
Richard Wilson

explosives; but the verdict falls on all who followed Campion, as the retort is to a famous poem by the martyr Southwell, whose ‘babe all burning bright / Did in the air appear’ like an incendiary device. 75 To the end, then, Shakespeare associated martyrdom with conspiracy; and in The Tempest even draped Caliban’s plot in the ‘trumpery’ left hanging by ‘Mistress Line’. Anne Line was the Jesuits’ aged landlady, hanged for hiding priests; but when these plotters garb themselves in the ‘trash’ from her ‘line’, she is roped into their crime, and the ‘saintly widow

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