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This document is a letter from Francis Throckmorton to Elizabeth I, dating from about 1584.

(Catalogue reference: SP 12/171 folio 2 )

The Roman Catholic Francis Throckmorton was arrested in 1583 due to his involvement in a conspiracy aiming to remove Elizabeth I and place Mary Queen of Scots on the throne, thereby restoring the Catholic faith. This letter, which was written to the queen at the end of Throckmorton’s imprisonment in the Tower of London in the summer of 1584, shows Throckmorton desperate for mercy. It is probable that the letter never reached Elizabeth. Throckmorton was executed on 10 July 1584.

Please note:

  • The document is written in secretary hand.


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