This pamphlet on the proposed marriage between Queen Elizabeth I (1533–1603) and Francis, Duke of Anjou (1555–1584), argued that English sovereignty, religion, and morality would be undermined by the queen's union with this Catholic French suitor. The booklet was banned by the queen's order, and most copies were publicly burned. Convicted of sedition, Stubbs and William Page, his patron, were punished in the market at Westminster by having their right hands cut off.
00753. Sir John Stubbs (c. 1541?–1590). The Discoverie of a Gaping Gulf whereinto England is like to be swallowed by an other French marriage, if the Lord forbid not the banes, by letting her Majestie see the sin and punishment thereof. [London: H. Singleton for William Page], 1579.
Stubbs, John, 1541?–1590?, “00753,” Bridwell Library Special Collections Exhibitions, accessed June 1, 2023, https://bridwell.omeka.net/items/show/1938.