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The Gunpowder Plot

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The Gunpowder Plot When Queen Elizabeth I died in 1603, some English Catholics had hoped that her successor James I would be more understanding of their religion. However, James I did not turn out to be any better that Elizabeth did. This led the 13 conspirators and the famous Gunpowder Plot. The leader of the group was Robert Catesby. He felt that violence was necessary in making James I realized and be more tolerant with their religion. They plotted to blow up the Houses of Parliament. By doing this, they would kill the King and members of parliament who were against Catholics. Today they would be known as extremists or terrorists. Robert Catesby, the leader of the group first recruited his close friends and relatives: Thomas Wintour, Jack Wright and Thomas Percy. Before long the group grew to also have Guy Fawkes. ...read more.


As the group worked on the plot, they realized that many innocent people would be wounded or killed in the explosion. Some of them had even fought and were on the Catholics side for more rights. Some of the plotters started having second thoughts. One group member sent an anonymous letter to warn his friend, Lord Monteagle to stay away from the House on November 5th. Some Historians say that the king and his officials already knew about the plot, and that it was all to gain the trust of the public and create a bad impression on the Catholics. The letter, then, would explain how at the last minute the King and his officials knew where the plot was. But if you were to study the letter closer, there would be two vital problems with it that could doubt that the conspirators even knew about it. ...read more.


For two days, Guido was the only suspect in custody and his name became identical with the Powder Treason, as the Gunpowder Plot was known at the time. Soon after, the other conspirators tried to flee from London but were either caught or they surrendered. Others, including Robert Catesby were killed during a siege a few days after the failed plot. The remaining conspirators were imprisoned, tortured and executed. Only Francis Tresham was lucky as he fell sick and died whilst in prison. The Plotters confessed under pressure everything they knew in hope that the authorities would end their suffering. The authorities received doubtful information that the conspirators sometimes emphasized in trying to convince the authorities that they should be let go. All the imprisoned conspirators were publicly executed in March 1607. They were first hanged, then drawn and quartered. The King hoped that these ways of execution would inspire terror amongst the public and other traitors, and prevent further plots. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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