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Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 3

Fenton, Edward to Finistere

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Author: Various Authors
Published: 1911
Language: English
Wordcount: 183,972 / 570 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 62
LoC Category: AE
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Added to site: 2011.09.19
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Genre: Reference
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e years later. He began at once to plot against the new king, for which he underwent a short imprisonment in 1689. Renewing his plots on his release, he publicly insulted Queen Mary in 1691, and it is practically certain that he was implicated in the schemes for assassinating William which came to light in 1695 and 1696. After the seizure of his fellow-conspirators, Robert Charnock and others, he remained in hiding until the imprudent conduct of his friends in attempting to induce one of the witnesses against him to leave the country led to his arrest in June in 1696. To save himself he offered to reveal all he knew about the Jacobite conspiracies; but his confession was a farce, being confined to charges against some of the leading Whig noblemen, which were damaging, but not conclusive. By this time his friends had succeeded in removing one of the two witnesses, and in these circumstances it was thought that the charge of treason must fail. The government, however, overcame this difficulty by introducing a b

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