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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 5 of November 1605.


The roots of division and their influence upon this deadly conspiracy

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


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