to se●e her touch upon politics. 'Do n■ot speak of the affairs of princes,' he said ●to her. 'The relations which the la■te Duke of Buckingham had with a holy m●onk were in great part th


e cause of hi●s death.' More had been Chancellor of England●, and perhaps feared the duke's fa●te. =A CONSPIRACY FORMED.= Elizabeth Barton di●d not profit by this lesson. Sh●e again dec


lared that, according t●o the revelations from God, no one should d●eprive the Princess Mary of ●the rights she derived throu■gh her birth, and predicted her early ■accession. Father Gool


d immediately c●arried the news to Catherine. The nun an●d her advisers, who chided the p●ope only through their zeal for the papacy, ha■d communications with the nuncio; they tho■ught it


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b■e the instruments of their criminal design. ●'God has chosen you,' said the nun t■o these friars, 'to restore the power of t●he Roman pontiff in England.' T●he monks prepared for this meritorious w■ork by devout practices: they wore sac●kcloth next

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their skin, they fas■tened iron chains round their bodies, fasted, w●atched, and made long prayers. They were seriou■sly intent on disturbing the social order and ●banishing the Word of God. The vio■lent Henry VIII.—easy-tempered● for once in his li

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fe—persisted in h●is indifference. The seven months named b■y the prophetess had gone by, and th■e dagger with which she had threatened him had ■not touched him. He was in good health, h■ad the approbation of parliame●nt, saw the nation prosper under

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■his government, and possessed the wife he■ had so passionately desired. Everything appeare●d to succeed with him, which discon■certed the fanatics. To encourage■ them Elizabeth said: 'Do not be deceived.● Henry is no longer really king, ●and his subj

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ects are already released from eve■ry obligation towards him. But he is like Kin■g John, who, though rejected by God, seemed st●ill to be a king in the eyes of the world●.'[28] The conspirators intrigued more than ev●er: not content with Catherine's al

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  • lian■ce, they opened a communication w●ith Margaret Plantagenet, Counte■ss of Salisbury, niece of Edward IV., and with ●her children the representatives of the ■party of the White Rose. Hitherto this lad■y had refrained from politics; but her so●n Reg

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  • inald Pole, having united with t■he pope and quarrelled with Henry VIII●., they prevailed upon her to c●arry over to {15} the Princess Mary,■ whose household she directed, the forces of ●the party of which she was the head. =TH●E CONSPIRATORS ARRES

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  • TED.= The conspirators bel■ieved themselves sure of victory; ■but at the very moment when the●y imagined themselves on the point of ●restoring the papacy in England, ■their whole scheme suddenly fel■l to the ground. The country● was in danger: the st

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