Sealed Knot

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The Sealed Knot was a secret Royalist association which plotted for the Restoration of the Monarchy during the English Interregnum.[1] The group was commissioned by King Charles II between November 1653 and February 1654 from his exile in Paris for the purpose of coordinating underground Royalist activity in England and preparing for a general uprising against the Protectorate.[2]


Its original founding members were:[1]

Additional members include:


The Sealed Knot made ten attempts between 1652 and 1659 to bring about the Restoration.[3] The largest uprisings were staged in 1655 and 1659:

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  1. ^ a b c Roberts, Stephen K. (2004). "Sealed Knot (act. 1653–1659)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/98250. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ a b Plant, David (25 August 2008). "The Sealed Knot". BCWProject. Archived from the original on 4 June 2016. Retrieved 24 October 2016.[better source needed]
  3. ^ Carlton, Charles (2011). This Seat of Mars: War and the British Isles, 1485–1746. Yale University Press. p. 146. ISBN 978-0300180886.
  4. ^ Henderson, Thomas Finlayson (1886). "Booth, George (1622-1684)" . In Stephen, Leslie (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography. Vol. 5. London: Smith, Elder & Co. p. 378.