‘The Subduing of a Pestilent Heresy’:<sup>1</sup> Edward Coleman’s Letters

Peter Hinds

in ‘The Horrid Popish Plot’

Published by British Academy

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780197264430
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191733994 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs

‘The Subduing of a Pestilent Heresy’:1 Edward Coleman’s Letters

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This chapter discusses Edward Coleman, who was the first man to be tried and executed based on the testimony of Oates, as well as a set of events and debates that were related to him. It considers his controversial correspondence with the members of the French Court during the early to mid-1670s, as well as the parliamentary debate over whether his letters should be printed or not. Coleman's trial, execution, and the discourse surrounding his death are also examined.

Keywords: Edward Coleman; Titus Oates; correspondence; French Court; parliamentary debate; trial; execution

Chapter.  15410 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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