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5.0 out of 5 stars The Gunpowder Plot and the surrounding story, 9 Nov 2012
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This review is from: The Gunpowder Plot: History in an Hour (Kindle Edition)
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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