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In 1598, when an Irish earl rose up against an English deputy, Elizabeth selected Essex  to command the force that would go to Ireland and discipline the rebellious earl. In  Ireland, Essex refused to follow the orders to attack immediately, instead choosing to  wait. Ultimately, his mission failed. On his return, the disgraced Essex was not even  allowed into the Queen's presence. Yet the fall from favorite to outcast was too much to  bear, and he attempted to raise a rebellion. Quickly thwarted in his effort, Essex was  captured and then executed on February 25, 1601. Although Elizabeth had always tolerated religious difference under her reign, in her late  years she became very fearful of a conspiracy against her led by Jesuits (an order of  Catholic priests). Thus, outside of the law courts, Elizabeth initiated a private hunt for  Catholic conspirators, naming Richard Topcliffe as chief of the operation. Topcliffe 
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2011 for the course HIST 2320 taught by Professor Siegenthaler during the Fall '07 term at Texas State.

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