Letter Warning Lord Monteagle

The conspirators, who were part of the "Gunpowder Plot," agreed to keep their plan secret and would tell no one outside of their group about it.  

However, one of the plotters broke that oath and sent a letter to William Parker, also known as Lord Monteagle, warning him to stay away from Parliament.  Monteagle showed the warning letter (dated October 26, 1605) to others, thereby setting in motion the unraveling of the plot.

The oath of the conspirators, and the warning letter, were interesting subjects for newspaper reporting.  This image depicts a page from The Weekely Newes for the 31st of January, 1606.  It quotes both the conspirators' oath and the Monteagle letter.

Click on the image for a better view of the news article.

Media Credits

Image, described above, included in The Canadian Shoe and Leather Journal, Volume 13, at page 540.  




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