Attainder of Guy Fawkes

Attainder of Guy Fawkes
  • Title: An Act for the Attainder of divers Offenders in the late most barbarous, monstrous, detestable and damnable Treasons [Attainder of Guy Fawkes and others]

  • Date : 1605

  • Catalogue number : Parliamentary Archives, HL/PO/PU/1/1605/3J1n2

  • Description :

    This Act was passed in the immediate aftermath of the plot being discovered hence the vitriolic language of the title. Under English law the act of attainder declared a person or a group of persons guilty of a serious crime and punished them without the benefit of a judicial trial. Also the person could no longer own property or pass property to his family by will or testament.

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