The Roman Catholic Francis Throckmorton was arrested in 1583 due
to his involvement in a conspiracy aiming to remove Elizabeth I
and place Mary Queen of Scots on the throne, thereby restoring the
Catholic faith. This letter, which was written to the queen at the
end of Throckmorton’s imprisonment in the Tower of London in the
summer of 1584, shows Throckmorton desperate for mercy. It is probable
that the letter never reached Elizabeth. Throckmorton was executed
on 10 July 1584.
- The document is written in secretary hand.