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The Gunpowder Plot (History/16th/17th Century History) [Hardcover]

Alan Haynes
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29 Sep 1994 History/16th/17th Century History
Alan Haynes uncovers the truth about this Catholic conspiracy. His probing analysis offers the clearest, most balanced view yet of often conflicting evidence, as he disentangles the threads of disharmony, intrigue, betrayal, terror and retribution.


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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Sutton Publishing Ltd; 1st Edition edition (29 Sep 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750903325
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750903325
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 18.4 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,788,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alan Haynes has also written 'Sex in Elizabethan England' (Sutton, hardback 1997 a paperback 1999), 'Invisible Power: The Elizabethan Secret Services 1570-1603' (Sutton, hardback 1992 and paperback 1994) and 'The Elizabethan Secret Services 1570-1603' (Sutton, paperback 2000). --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good but not for beginners 4 Dec 2005
Format:Paperback
Although this is a very good book on the plot, I felt that to really enjoy this book one needed a reasonable grasp of late Elizabethan and early Stuart history, therefore while I wholeheartedly recommend this book anyone new to the subject is better advised to read Antonia Fraser's book on the plot first before reaching for this one. Rest assured that both are worth reading!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended! 15 Jun 2012
Format:Perfect Paperback
After reading several books as part of Langenscheidt's textbooks (English C1 to C2 level), this was the first one which really thrilled me. So interestingly written, the story goes back to real history, which makes it easy to imagine and to have an impression of what happens. The author definitely put in some points out of history, but that doesn't matter. If you're a fan of London, you'll be able to jump into this fascinating story going back to the 17th century. I could almost smell the stench in the streets and I could hear the horse's hooves clomping through the narrow cobbled alleys. Until the end, it remains vague, whether the two historians, who were sent back from the 21st century to discover more information about the past, would change history. I've been so fully excited about this book that I can highly recommend it! It is so easy to read, that you'll fly over the lines. So, read it! Improve your language by escaping back through history! Learn some new English words in a very easy way!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Complements Fraser well 3 Oct 1999
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Format:Paperback
This book adds more to the story of the gunpowder plot, concentrating on the backdrop of European political history and English espionage far more than Fraser's work, which - although still excellently researched - sees things from a very human angle.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It was pure ecstacy ! 6 Nov 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The book came quickly its not easy reading there are some unusual words but thats sensational for builing your vocabulary. There are many names that you need to keep track of in this book so you either need to be a bit of a historian or be prepaired to look up all these guys to keep track of whats going on but overall although not easy reading is an interesting book if your into studying this period of time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Turgid Diction, Obscure Allusion 9 Jun 2003
By George R Dekle - Published on Amazon.com
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I first heard of Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot in a Sherlock Holmes radio pastiche (available from Amazon.com). The pastiche sketched out the bare essentials of the plot and named Guy Fawkes as the ringleader. After reading this slim volume, I now have the following information to add to what I learned from the radio play:
Guy Fawkes was not the ringleader, but a pawn--somewhat like the Watergate burglars. The ringleader was a Robert Catesby, and the conspirators were devout Catholics suffering repression and seeking to replace King James with a Catholic ruler. Repression of Catholicism redoubled after the plot was foiled. Robert Catesby and his cohorts hired Guy Fawkes, a mercenary with a talent for exploding things, to blow up King James and Parliament in one fell swoop. Fawkes was caught red handed under Parliament with a lantern and more than enough gunpowder to do the job. He was not advised of his Miranda rights before questioning.
"The Gunpowder Plot" is a great story poorly told. The writer assumes too much background knowledge on the part of the reader, and the writing is closer to James Joyce than Ernest Hemingway without displaying the literary talent of either. Whenever I decide I am reading a poorly written book, I usually put it down without finishing it. Despite its shortcomings, I finished "The Gunpowder Plot". The story itself was so interesting that it carried me through to the end.
Wading through to the end proved rewarding. The book ends with a chapter on the influences of the Gunpowder Plot on Shakespeare's "MacBeth." The author makes a good case for the proposition that the Plot's influence on the play was profound.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it, but I wanted detailed and unusual information 24 May 2007
By Angela - Published on Amazon.com
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I went into this book with a vague knowledge of the name 'Guy Fawkes' and that's pretty much it. I think some of the knowledge assumed by the author can be attributed to the fact that he is English, and the average English reader is probably more knowlegable of the details of the plot than the average American reader. Having read another work by Haynes, I also would say that he tends to assume a great deal of knowledge on the readers part. As a reader, I find that attractive, because if he assumes a great deal of knowlege on my part then he's more likely to give me unusual information that I wouldn't find elsewhere.

As an American reader, I did find it a bit difficult to read between the lines for the information I didn't go into the book knowing, and according to what I read in Wikipedia the book doesn't go very far into the (apparentally) widely accepted theory that the whole thing was arranged by someone in the government (Salisbury) to give them an excuse to persecute Catholics further and tighten the Protestant hold. Primarily because he dismisses it as conspiritorial nonsense.

Definitely an interesting read -- I didn't know much about the Catholic persecution and plots in Elizabethan England before and I feel more enlightened about the era in general, if not specifically the Gunpowder plot.

It is a bit dry at times, but there are little anecdotes sprinkled throughout that make it an easier read. Definitely not light reading or a general overview of the Gunpowder Plot, but excellent for those who want detailed and unusual information.
1 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars what is this book? 5 May 2003
By J. Raphaelidis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I've never read it...What is it about?
0 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars what is this book? 5 May 2003
By J. Raphaelidis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I've never read it...What is it about?
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