A tract about
The Gunpowder Plot
A ROMAN CATHOLIC ASSASINATION ATTEMPT ON KING JAMES I



Mischeefes Mysterie:
Or Treason's Master-Peece, the Powder Plot
London 1617.
(click picture to see tract in larger size)

Francis Herring

King James was a staunch opponent of popery (pope worship). As products of the Reformation period, King James I and his contemporaries knew well Rome's history of intrigue, torture, and murder. This tract reminds us of how unnatural today's alliance of "evangelicals" and Catholics really is. King James himself repeatedly identified the pope as antichrist.

Despite numerous attempts to hinder him, King James did not treat his Catholic subjects unfairly. Even in the aftermath of the Gunpowder Plot, the King said:

"...it was the...blind superstition of their errors in religion, that led them to this desperate devise; yet does it not follow, that all professing that Romish religion were guilty of the same..."

THE TRACT

This tract (created a few years after the Gunpowder Plot) shows a title of "The Clouds of Ignorance and Error" with eight heads arranged in a circle. The heads represent popery, e.g. the pope and Catholic officials, as well as a devil. Each head breathes out his threatenings and blasphemies,

  • "Opposing the Truth"
  • "Falsification of Scriptures"
  • "Curses and Excommunications"
  • "The Armada in 88"
  • "Daggers, Daggs, Poison Kill All"
  • "Blasphemies and Lies"
  • "Envy & Malice"
  • "Recusancy & Rebellion"

    The poem at the bottom reads:

    Enclosed with clouds of ignorance and error,
    Rome, hell and Spaine, do threaten England's terror:
    The Card'nall, Legate, Jesuite, impious Fryers
    Homebred, recusant, Britaines bane desires;
    Each puff's and snuffs with envy, all in vaine,
    At Christ's pure gospell, which shall still remain.



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