‘A Matter too hot…to be Handled’:<sup>1</sup> The Death of Edmund Berry Godfrey

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

‘A Matter too hot…to be Handled’:1 The Death of Edmund Berry Godfrey

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This chapter discusses the Justice of the Peace Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey, who was another important character in the progress of the Popish Plot. It considers Godfrey's posthumous talismanic presence in anti-Catholic plot discourse. Godfrey is noted to have witnessed Titus Oates' deposition of ‘evidence’ relating to the plot.

Keywords: Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey; posthumous presence; Titus Oates; evidence; Justice of the Peace

Chapter.  24671 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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