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GUNPOWDER PLOT

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Tiffany Chesson 8i Gunpowder Plot and Treason Were The Catholics Framed? Source one suggests that the government were behind the plot, this can be seen from, "Foul play" and "government secretly spun a web." It also suggests that they entrapped the men into acting like they planned it. This can be seen from, "Entangled these poor gentlemen." This paragraph makes the reader believe that the government planned the plot to make Catholics look bad. From source one you can infer that this particular catholic believes that the government planned this to frame Catholics. This source cannot be completely trustworthy because the author of it is Catholic so he could be being more favourable to the Catholics side. Source five and source one both agree on the dates, both sources five and one are dated in 1605, they also both involve people of a high authority. However, Source one suggests the government were behind the plot but source five suggests that the plot was organised by someone who has no power or is not an official. ...read more.

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Source four is very useful because the signature changes so it seems that it was not actually Guy Fawkes' real signature on the confession. However this could also be seen that he was in too much pain to write properly. It is very limiting because although you can get some you cannot get much information from source two: two signatures. Most of the sources give information that could suggest that Guy Fawkes and the Catholics were framed. Source one has lots of information suggesting that the Gunpowder plot was planned to frame the Catholics. A few examples of this suggestion are: "Foul play" and "The government secretly spun a web" also "entangle these poor gentlemen." These phrases suggest the government set up this treason to make Catholics look bad. Source two also could suggest that the Government planned the plot, this can be seen because, He has to use torture to make Guy Fawkes 'confess'. ...read more.

Conclusion

Again it is brought up that Lord Mounteagle told the King about the letter he received (Source five) on the October 27th but the King took no action until the November 4th. This could have been because he was involved and wanted to leave it to the last minute to make him seem even better when he 'discovered' the plot. The government knew were the plotters were they rounded them all upon the 7th November and although none of the plotters tried to escape some were shot. This could have been because the people shot were putting the government at risk by threatening to tell. Only Francis Tresham was left free all the others were killed or captured quickly but he was left free until December 12th when he was taken to the Tower and died of a mysterious illness on December 23rd. This could have been because Francis was not a threat to the government but then his name was found out and they had to capture him or else it would look suspicious. ...read more.

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