Of this widespread belief the plotters now took advantage; they held that much more could be accomplished with such a claim than by using that of the unfortunate Edward of Clarence, whose chances were so severely handicapped by his being still the prisoner of Henry VII.
But in addition, among the peers to be assassinated were included many Roman Catholics and some lords nearly connected in kinship or friendship with the plotters themselves.
He was, in fact, informed of every detail, through Fulvia, the mistress of Curius, one of the plotters,who was himself soon persuaded to turn informer.
The plotters were at this juncture reinforced by an exranger from Scania (Skane), Johan Kristoffer Toll, also a victim of Cap oppression.
He was in deep poverty, the Estates were chary of supplies, plotters in Scotland had been offering to Cecil to kidnap the king (1598), and his relations both with the English government and with his own subdued but struggling preachers were bitterly unfriendly.