Addle-brained Sir John Kendall joins with his dim-witted nephew John, an archdeacon and others in a plot to overthrow the king. The employ a charlatan of an Italian astrologist to concoct a ointment potion that will cause the king's attendants to kill him along with the rest of the royals and co-ordinate it with an ill-advised Scottish invasion. The hapless conspirators are taken in by the mountebank and his odoriferous but harmless concoction, and their ludicrous conspiracy fails miserably. Written by
Perkin Walter, pretender to the throne who claimed to be one of the sons of Edward IV, who disappeared in the tower, did desert his men during the aborted 1494 invasion without disembarking his ship. He unsuccessfully tried to invade three more times and was captured and hanged in 1497. See more »
Bernard de Vignolles:
I killed Rodrigo, but you know on a project of this sort, there is always one tongue more that you can silence - unless you're prepared to silence it yourself.
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