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The Throckmorton Plot (1583)

The Throckmorton Plot was a conspiracy in 1583 to assassinate Elizabeth I and place Mary, Queen of Scots on the English throne. The plot was led by Francis Throckmorton, a member of a prominent Catholic family, and was backed by the Spanish government and the Catholic Church.

The plot was uncovered when Throckmorton was arrested and tortured, leading to the discovery of a letter from Mary, Queen of Scots approving the plan. Throckmorton was executed for treason, and the plot heightened tensions between England and Catholic powers, leading to further persecution of Catholics in England. It also contributed to the decision to execute Mary, Queen of Scots, as Elizabeth and her advisors believed that Mary posed a threat to the stability of the English throne.

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