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George Jeffreys is a noble Englishman, a Catholic, and a college classmate of Daniel Waterhouse, Isaac Newton, and others. In time, he becomes the Lord High Justice of England and cultivates an atmosphere of fear through liberal sentences of capital punishment, the sale of criminals into chattel slavery (such as the Taunton Schoolgirls, including Robert Shaftoe's lover Abigal Frome), and the use of torture to extract confessions and strike fear into his political enemies. A key supporter of James II Stuart, Jeffreys attempts to flee England during the Glorious Revolution but is caught waiting for the right tide by Daniel Waterhouse and Robert Shaftoe, who have made a compact to bring Jeffreys and the Earl of Upnor to justice.