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Titus Oates

Ruthless and amoral, Titus Oates helped to inspire the "Popish Plot" of the late 1670's. Claiming that he had infiltrated a secret conspiracy to return the Catholic church to power, he gained the support of many influential figures. At least 20 innocents were executed because of his rants; but his acts did not go unpunished. One Edward Coleman, private secretary of James, was executed during the hysteria upon the discovery of personal letters he had written to Louis XIV supporting the promotion of Catholicism in England. He was finally silenced after being convicted of perjury in 1685. Sentenced to yearly whippings, he was not released until the arrival of William of Orange in 1688. He lived until 1705 in relative obscurity.


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