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5.0 out of 5 stars The Gunpowder Plot and the surrounding story
Most people living in Britain get a loud reminder of the Gunpowder Plot every 5th November but how many could describe what happened and the events which drove it.

An hour spent reading this book takes you back to the root cause of the conspiracy with King Henry VIII creating the Church of England to the detriment of the established Catholic church. Through the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars very interesting
Gave me a more insight into the overall characters in the plot.lLght and readable and I would recommend it as a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Gunpowder Plot and the surrounding story, 9 Nov. 2012
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Most people living in Britain get a loud reminder of the Gunpowder Plot every 5th November but how many could describe what happened and the events which drove it.

An hour spent reading this book takes you back to the root cause of the conspiracy with King Henry VIII creating the Church of England to the detriment of the established Catholic church. Through the religious turmoil of the following years, with Catholism back in and then rapidly out of favour again, there is one final throw of the dice in favour of Catholism by Robert Catesby.

Who is Robert Catesby? Well that's exactly why you need to read this book. He was the prime mover of the plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament when the King was addressing the assembled nobility in 1605. Guy (Guido) Fawkes was the explosives man caught red handed poised to complete the task.

The book completes the story with what happened next as Guy Fawkes was tortured to reveal the conspiracy's details and the remaining plotters were rounded up, tried and executed.

This "History in an Hour" book has more detail than others in the series as the overall subject is far smaller than, for example, World War Two: History in an Hour. The rest of the format is the same with a main narrative containing pictures, brief biographies of the people involved and a timeline of events.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Clear and Concise - does what it says, 9 Feb. 2015
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Clear, concise and to the point. As other reviewers have pointed out, if the reader is looking for more detail this is not the book for you. However, if you want to know the important basics, such as who were the perpetrators, what was their motivation, how did the plan come together and how were they caught before they blew the king and his parliament to kingdom come then this book does it. It is without doubt the most famous terrorist plot in this country's history and what is interesting is that religious differences and intolerance existed then as it does today. The difference today is that there are laws and freedoms that allow one to worship as one would wish, even if not all of the population may agree over all faiths. Then it was totalitarian. Catholics were hated and the only religion of England was Protestantism. Many Catholics took huge risks for the sake of their faith and it is not surprising then that they went underground. Those like the plotters who saw the suffering of their fellow men and women, felt compelled to act and hit back in the only way they knew how. They felt betrayed by James I, who before he came south to reign, promised religious tolerance. His own stance on Catholicism was a little odd, given that his mother, Mary Queen of Scots was a staunch Catholic, something which also put her at odds with her own advisers and ministers. It may be that he learned the lesson of how his mother lost her kingdom and finally her head that made him rule out any concessions for Catholics. An interesting read that may whet the appetite for some readers to want to explore the subject in more detail.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic., 30 Oct. 2012
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This ebook does exactly what it says on the tin - it provides you with a reasonably depth of knowledge on the subject area, without being boring or like a textbook. The narrative is accessible, and although it took me slightly over an hour, I thoroughly enjoyed the read.

This book isn't for those looking for great depth, but if you want an accessible overview without presumed knowledge then you are in for a treat. Will definitely be purchasing more from the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What is interesting to me is how someone like Robert Catesby who was the main conspriator during the ..., 12 Oct. 2014
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Enjoyable to read about this doomed attempt to change British history and the subsequent aftermath at a time when religion was at the very centre of peoples lives.
The book also allows the reader an insight into how people can be driven to extremes of violence under the cloak of belief.
Somethings never change, it seems.
What is interesting to me is how someone like Robert Catesby who was the main conspriator during the whole plot was forgotten while Guy (Guido) Fawkes is the one who at least is remembered.
These History in an Hour books are really useful to get an overall flavour of an event which can be followed up in greater detail if the reader wants to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An "explosive" read!, 22 May 2014
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I found this to be a really informative and entertaining book.I found out facts about the Gunpowder Plot that I previously did not know and I found it very informative and interesting,Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I live and learn!, 19 May 2014
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Although I was taught about this, as a child, in the 1950's, there were parts of this that I had never known, and therefore, it was really interesting, in a historical way.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gunpowder Plot, 23 April 2014
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Love these History in an hour books - very informative and build on knowledge you already have from School days
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gunpowder Plot, 12 April 2014
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Thoroughly enjoyed it, and learnt some new facts about the men involved in this turbulent time in our history. Would recommend if only to brush up on some history.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, 19 Mar. 2014
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For the price I thought it was value for money to give an insight into Gun Powder Plot how it was all really over greed by the king and how the peasants were highly taxed and religion. A good to read if you want to know why we still celebrate Gunpowder Plot or should I say Bonfire night especially if youngsters want to know the real reason.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read, 11 Mar. 2014
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Quick short informative way to remember the facts behind the treason plot and the players involved - interesting quick read
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