Bond of Association


Bond of Association

The Bond of Association was a document created in 1584 by Francis Walsingham and William Cecil, Lord Burghley after the failure of the Throckmorton Plot in 1583.

Contents

The document obliged all signatories to execute any person that:
*attempted to usurp the throne
*successfully usurped the throne
*made an attempt on Elizabeth's life
*successfully assassinated Elizabeth

Royal approval

Elizabeth authorised the Bond to achieve statutory authority.

Implications

The Bond of Association was a key legal precedent for the execution of Mary Queen of Scots in 1587. Walsingham, having achieved irrefutable evidence of Mary's treason in a letter to Anthony Babington, stating her approval of a plot to assassinate Elizabeth and install herself on the English throne.

References

cite book
last = Ridley
first = Jasper
title = Elizabeth I: The Shrewdness of Virtue
publisher = Fromm International
date = 1987
pages = p. 254

cite book
last = O'Day
first = Rosemary
title = The Tudor Age
publisher = Longman Group Limited
date = 1995
location = England


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