He gathered together a band of supporters, plans were drawn up, and at length all was ready for the rising.
That the choice therefore rested with the supporters of the minor candidates was manifest, and with the cry "Anything to beat Grant!"
This exaggerated argument found a certain number of supporters, several of whom nevertheless sensibly weakened it.
The question of the succession was now again prominent, and Shaftesbury, in opposition to Halifax, committed the error, which really brought about his fall, of putting forward Monmouth as his nominee, thus alienating a large number of his supporters; he encouraged, too, the belief that this was agreeable to the king.
William Rufus, to the disgust of his supporters, permitted Odo to leave the kingdom after the collapse of this design (1088), and thenceforward Odo was the right-hand man of Robert in Normandy.
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