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Somerviles haste to Kill the Queene
Original Author: Friedrich van Hulsen
Created: Early-to-mid-seventeeth century
Medium: Engraving

Somerviles haste to Kill the Queene

A seventeeth-century engraving titled Somerviles haste to Kill the Queene portrays the arrest and incarceration of John Somerville, a Roman Catholic zealot who plotted to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I in 1583. Somerville was convicted and sentenced to death, but was found dead in his cell before the execution could take place. As a warning to other enemies of the queen, Somerville's head and that of another conspirator were cut off and displayed on spikes on London Bridge.

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