In the ensuing pandemonium, the assassin dropped his weapon and fled, pursued by Roger Williams and others from among the party of diners. Gérard was apprehended before he could escape over the ramparts behind the royal lodgings. Cross-questioned on the spot (and, one imagines, brutally manhandled in the process), he ‘very obstinately answered, that he had done that thing, which he would willingly do if it were to do again’. Asked who had put him up to the attack, he would say only that he had done it for his king (the Spanish king, Philip II) and his country; ‘more confession at that time they could not get out of him’. Questioned again under duress later that night he told them that he had committed the murder at the express behest of the Prince of Parma and other Catholic princes, and that he expected to receive the reward of twenty-five thousand crowns widely advertised in Philip II’s denunciation of Orange as a traitor to Spain and a vile heretic.
As awful an end this was, the fate of the assassin was more awful, as Jardine continues:
This website describes the torture, and the description is not for the faint-hearted:
And, finally, he was executed four days per this sentence after his crime on July 14, 1584 :
Awful violence, then and now, even to read! This assassination stunned Elizabeth I, adding to her fears that Catholic agents could be plotting to kill her. No wonder she and her government reacted so cruelly to the Babington plot, although she did have to order that the second round of conspirators were executed a little less horribly.