The Gunpowder Plot

Assassination, intrigue, persecution, spying, mass murder and finally a plot to blow up Parliament. Before Guy Fawkes was caught red-handed, a chain of events all over Europe led to the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.

This section traces the background to the Gunpowder Plot and describes the development of the conspiracy which is associated with one of the best known dates in British history, the 5th of November 1605.

Key dates of the Gunpowder plot

Key dates

Beginning with England's break from the Roman Catholic church, discover the events leading up to the plot, culminating in the plotters' grim deaths

Further your research on the Gunpowder plot

Further your research

Some of the many books written about the Gunpowder Plot and its impact on society

Also within Living Heritage

Related information