Popish Plot

A plot in the reign of Charles II. to massacre the Protestants, burn London, and assassinate the king. Titus Oates invented this “wise” scheme, and obtained great wealth by revealing it; but ultimately he was pilloried, whipped, and imprisoned. (See Gunpowder Plot.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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