- Anthony Babington
Sir Anthony Babington (
24 October 1561– 20 September 1586) was convicted of plotting the assassinationof Elizabeth I of Englandand conspiring with the imprisoned Mary Queen Of Scots. The " Babington Plot" and Mary's involvement in it were the basis of the treasoncharges against her which led to her execution.
Born into a wealthy
Catholicfamily to Henry Babington and Mary Darcy in Dethick, Derbyshire, England, he was their third son. His father died in 1571 when Anthony was nine years old, and his mother remarried to Henry Foljambe.
Protestant, the family remained Catholic (see Recusancy). Babington apparently remained in Dethick until about 1577, when he was briefly employed as a page boy in the Earl of Shrewsbury's household. The Earl was at this time the jailer of Mary Queen of Scots and it is likely that it was during this time that Babington became a supporter of Mary's cause to ascend the throne of England. In 1579 he was married to Margery Draycott from Cresswell, Staffordshire.
In about 1580, while travelling on the continent, he had met the arch-conspirator Thomas Morgan, and he was persuaded to courier letters to Mary while she was still being held by his former master, the Earl of Shrewsbury. He also assisted the movement of priests in the Catholic Midlands. But by 1586, with Mary removed to the harsher regime of
Tutburyand the consequent closing down of communications with her, Babington's role as a courier came to an end. Twice in early 1586 he received letters from France, destined for Mary, but in each case he declined to 'deal further in those affairs'. Around this time he was reportedly considering leaving England permanently and was trying to secure a passport along with his Welsh friend, Thomas Salisbury, but to no avail. Fact|date=January 2008 As Babington later put it, 'by God's just judgement of our sins' they remained in London.
During Elizabeth's reign, her court was particularly concerned about the prospect of Mary Stuart coming to the throne. It was a time of great religious tension. Elizabethan propaganda had already recast the reign of Elizabeth's Catholic predecessor, her sister, as Bloody Mary, quite contrary to the perception of the majority of her subjects. The
St Bartholomew's Day Massacreserved to increase the paranoia about the outcome a return to Roman Catholicism might present. The Queen's security forces, led by Sir Francis Walsinghamwith its ruthless and cunning spies like Robert Poley, were more than effective at their job. During one of Walsingham's investigations, a suspected subversive named Gilbert Giffordwas arrested and interrogated. To avoid punishment, Gifford agreed to act as a double agent. He made contact with the French Embassy in London and arranged the smuggling of letters from Mary Stuart to her followers. This was to be achieved through the use of beer barrels. Gifford ensured that Walsingham was given access to these communications which revealed Mary's requests to the French and Spanish that they intervene on her behalf.
6 July 1586Babington wrote to Mary Stuart, telling her that he and a group of friends were planning to assassinate Elizabeth, whom she (Stuart) would succeed. Babington's (and Mary Stuart's) defenders claim that in the sixteenth century it was held that the killing of "tyrants" was morally acceptable. Babington decided to write to Mary to seek her authorization, which he believed she could provide as the legitimate claimant to the Throne. (It was believed by Catholics that Elizabeth's claim to the throne was void due to her being the daughter of Anne Boleynwhose marriage to Henry VIIIthey considered illegal in that they did not accept the legality in any sense of Henry VIII's divorce from his first wife, Catherine of Aragon.)
Mary replied to Babington, in which she stressed the necessity of foreign aid if the rescue attempt was to succeed. Fact|date=January 2008 However, she left the matter of the assassination to Babington's conscience. When Walsingham and his officials had gathered sufficient evidence Babington and his crew were rounded up. On
18 September 1586, Babington (aged 24) and his thirteen co-conspirators were convicted of high treasonand sentenced to be hanged, drawn and quartered.
His offer to Elizabeth of £1000 for his pardon was rejected, and the execution of the first seven (including Babington,
John Ballard, and Chidiock Tichborne) took place on the 20th. The condemned men, kept in the Tower of London, were marched from their cells, strapped to sledges and pulled by horses through the streets of London. On reaching a specially erected scaffold in St Giles Field, near Holborn, they were hanged, drawn and quartered. After this, the executioner distributed the parts of their bodies to prominent locations around the city to warn all of the consequences of disloyalty to the monarch.
"A Traveller in Time" by
Alison Uttleyis set at Thackers, the Babington manor house. Narrator Penelope Taberner witnesses young Anthony Babington's growing involvement with Mary I of Scotlandas she finds herself passing between her world of the 1940s and the year 1582.
Actors who played Babington
Eddie Redmayneplayed Babington in the 2007 film "".
* Geoffrey Streatfield played Babington in the
HBOminiseries, "Elizabeth I", which starred Helen Mirren.
David Collingsplayed Babington in the 1971 BBCminiseries " Elizabeth R".
His papers are currently housed at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University
* Antonia Fraser "Mary Queen of Scots" (Arrow 1998, first printed 1969) ISBN 0 7493 0108 2
* [http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/Bios/AnthonyBabington.htm Babington biography]
* [http://www.babington.leicester.sch.uk/ Babington Community Technology College]
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