summer park

oth next their s



asted, watched, and made long prayers. They were seriously intent on disturbing the social order and banishing the Word of God. The violent Henry VIII.—easy-tempered for once in his life—persisted in his indifference. The seven months named by the prophet

ess had gone by, and t



he dagger with which she had threatened him had not touched him. He was in good health, had the approbation of parliament, saw the nation prosper under his government, and possessed the wife he had so passionately desired. Everything appeared to succeed with

him, which disconcert



ed the fanatics. To encourage them Elizabeth said: 'Do not be deceived. Henry is no longer really king, and his subjects are already released from every obligation towards him. But he is like King John, who, though rejected by God, seemed still to be a king

in the eyes of the wor



ld.'[28] The conspirators intrigued more than ever: not content with Catherine's alliance, they opened a communication with Margaret Plantagenet, Countess of Salisbury, niece of Edward IV., and with her children the representatives of the party of the White

Rose. Hitherto this l


ady had refrained from politics; but her son Reginald Pole, having united with the pope and quarrelled with Henry VIII., they prevailed upon her to carry over to {15} the Princess Mary, whose household she directed, the forces of the party of which she was the head. =THE CONSPI

RATORS ARRESTED.= The conspirators believed themselves sure of victory; but at the very moment when they imagined themselves on the point of restoring the papacy in England, their whole scheme suddenly fell to the ground. The

country was in danger: th