published by Richard Tompson, after Jacob Huysmans
13 5/8 in. x 10 in. (346 mm x 254 mm) cut to platemark
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
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Current affairsInformer, Titus Oates, concocts the Popish Plot, an elaborate tale of a Catholic conspiracy to murder the king, enthrone James, Duke of York and catholicize England. The story provokes panic and persecution of Catholics.
Extension of the Test Act (1673) excludes Catholics from both the House of Lords and Parliament.
Art and scienceWhile imprisoned under the Conventicle Act, author John Bunyan, writes the first part of Pilgrims Progress, considered to be one of the most important religious works in the English language.
Poet laureate, John Dryden, publishes All for Love, an adaptation of William Shakespeare's Anthony and Cleopatra.