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Aftermath of the Gunpowder Plot

Several of the conspirators were captured in the days following the discovery of the plot. Four were killed in a shoot-out and the remaining eight were convicted of treason and hung, drawn and quartered.

The discovery of the plot had a lasting effect on the treatment of the Catholics in England and its failure is commemorated to this day on Bonfire Night – 5 November.

Torture, trial and execution

The King orders Guy Fawkes to be tortured until he confesses. The conspirators stand trial for treason and are found guilty and executed

From retribution to toleration

Find out how the discovery of the Gunpowder Plot affected the treatment of Catholics in England and in succeeding centuries, and about the growth of toleration and the Catholic Emancipation Act of 1829

Commemoration of the Gunpowder Plot

The Thanksgiving Act of 1606 made services and sermons commemorating the Plot on the 5 November an annual event. Find out how this tradition has developed over the centuries