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The Gunpowder Plot: Terror And Faith In 1605
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on 10 October 2014
Not yet completed, but so far an excellent read
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 30 December 2010
This book makes the people and places real, not just names and dates. Easy to read and informative about the way of life in that period.
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6 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 21 August 2001
Before I read this I only had a cursory knowledge of the background to November 5th. This book brings to life the characters and the reasoning behind the Gunpowder Plot. It flows very easily and engages your sympathy.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 26 March 2015
I expected this book to be mainly about the gunpowder plot but it is a history lesson about the royalty of the time. It takes too long to get into it, I got bored. Shame, I was so looking forward to a good read...
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 29 September 2000
This book brings to life briliantly something which most people know nothing about. The story is told like a novel, with a lead up to a gripping ending. There is so much more to this part of history and Antonia obviously knows her stuff. Buy it.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 13 January 2011
Each chapter leaves us very interesting clues to the hidden whos, whys and wherefores in King Lear.
MIND-BLOWING!
Why was the King of France so special?
Why could Cordelia only give the king half her love?
Personally I had at least 14 KL secrets revealed to me whilst reading this book.
After King Lear, this must be my favourite book!
Any more King Lear/Gunpowder Plot fans out there?
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3 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 6 April 2010
I certainly agree with everyone about how brilliant Antonia Fraser is and I think I may have missed something. I was interested to know about the Crown and Cushion Coaching Inn in Chipping Norton where Robert Catesby had a house nearby. The Tourist Board information is that they hatched the Gunpowder plot at the Inn (where their ghosts are still to be seen?!) I could not find this in the narrative but I did not read very closely so it is probably my mistake. Did anyone else come across it? The Inn is still there so it is quite historic sitting there thinking they were there but were they? If she does not mention it does that mean it is not true the plot was hatched there, or does she say so, and I missed it through not reading thoroughly enough? Can anyone help?
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 20 October 2014
As a historian she is amateurish. She has trouble holding the main narrative and keeps deviating to describe life among the leading Roman Catholic;ic families. The narrative is lost in these digressions and even as a general read it is not a good purchase.
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