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Faith and treason : the story of the Gunpowder Plot

Author: Antonia Fraser
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, [1997, 1996] ©1996
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First Anchor editionView all editions and formats
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In England, November 5 is Guy Fawkes Day, when fireworks displays commemorate the shocking moment in 1605 when government authorities uncovered a secret plan to blow up the House of Parliament--and King James I along with it. A group of English Catholics, seeking to unseat the king and reintroduce Catholicism as the state religion, daringly placed thirty-six barrels of gunpowder in a cellar under the Palace of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Fraser, Antonia, 1932-
Faith and treason.
(OCoLC)37906043
Named Person: Guy Fawkes; Guy Fawkes
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Antonia Fraser
ISBN: 9780804152624 0804152624
OCLC Number: 878405552
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2011. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xxxv, 347 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (some color), genealogical table
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Before the fruit was ripe. Whose head for the crown? --
The honest papists --
Diversity of opinions --
The horse of St. George. A king and his cubs --
Spanish charity --
Catesby as Phaeton --
That furious and fiery course. So sharp a remedy --
Pernicious gunpowder --
There is a risk ... --
Dark and doubtful letter --
Discovery: by God or the devil. Mr. Fawkes is taken --
The gentle tortures --
Fire and brimstone --
These wretches --
The shadow of death. The heart of a traitor --
The Jesuits' treason --
Farewells --
Satan's policy?
Other Titles: Story of the Gunpowder Plot
Responsibility: Antonia Fraser.

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In England, November 5 is Guy Fawkes Day, when fireworks displays commemorate the shocking moment in 1605 when government authorities uncovered a secret plan to blow up the House of Parliament--and King James I along with it. A group of English Catholics, seeking to unseat the king and reintroduce Catholicism as the state religion, daringly placed thirty-six barrels of gunpowder in a cellar under the Palace of Westminster. Their aim was to ignite the gunpowder at the opening of the Parliamentary session. Though the charismatic Catholic, Robert Catesby, was the group's leader, it was the devout Guy Fawkes who emerged as its most famous member, as he was the one who was captured and who revealed under torture the names of his fellow plotters. In the aftermath of their arrests, conditions grew worse for English Catholics, as legal penalties against them were stiffened and public sentiment became rabidly intolerant. In a narrative that reads like a gripping detective story, Antonia Fraser has untangled the web of religion, politics, and personalities that surrounded that fateful night of November 5. And, in examining the lengths to which individuals will go for their faith, she finds in this long-ago event a reflection of the religion-inspired terrorism that has produced gunpowder plots of our own time.

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