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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor Books; First Edition edition (Nov. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385471904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385471909
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In England, November 5 is Guy Fawkes Day, when fireworks displays commemorate the shocking moment in 1605 when government authorities uncovered a secret plan to blow up the House of Parliament--and King James I along with it. A group of English Catholics, seeking to unseat the king and reintroduce Catholicism as the state religion, daringly placed thirty-six barrels of gunpowder in a cellar under the Palace of Westminster. Their aim was to ignite the gunpowder at the opening of the Parliamentary session. Though the charismatic Catholic, Robert Catesby, was the group's leader, it was the devout Guy Fawkes who emerged as its most famous member, as he was the one who was captured and who revealed under torture the names of his fellow plotters. In the aftermath of their arrests, conditions grew worse for English Catholics, as legal penalties against them were stiffened and public sentiment became rabidly intolerant.


In a narrative that reads like a gripping detective story, Antonia Fraser has untangled the web of religion, politics, and personalities that surrounded that fateful night of November 5. And, in examining the lengths to which individuals will go for their faith, she finds in this long-ago event a reflection of the religion-inspired terrorism that has produced gunpowder plots of our own time.


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Antonia Fraser is an excellent writer and this is just another example of her amazing ability to write in such a way that hooks her readers and pulls them into the story she so adeptly tells. "Faith and Treason" is just another exapmle of her masterful telling of British History. Every time I read one of her books, I wish that she had written the history books I read in school.
This books tells the tale of a group of men who tired of waiting for religious freedom and decided to take matters into their own hands. They plotted to blow up the Parliament building, with the Parliamanet and King James I inside, in a rather dramatic attempt to regain the right to practice their religion, presumably at the expense of no longer permitting Protestants to do so. Fraser examines the plot from start to finish, tracing it back to the beginning of the Reformation and the frustration Catholics felt throughout the reign of Elizabeth I.
Fraser packs her book with facts, m! aking it a little slow-going at times, but it's worth it. It's probably not something you'll read in an afternoon, but it will captivate from the start.
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By J. Chippindale TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Feb. 2008
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As the old saying goes Remember, Remember the Fifth of November, Gunpowder, Treason and Plot. In the present day come November 5th we all look forward to a firework display and a bonfire on which to burn the effigy of someone called Guy Fawkes while enjoying a roast potato, some of mum's parkin and cinder toffee. But who is the man called Guy Fawkes and what did he do that was so bad that we have to burn him every `Bonfire Night.'

Guy Fawkes was born in the city of York, less than 20 miles from where I live. He has always been attributed with the leadership of a group of men who plotted to blow up the Houses of parliament on November 5th 1605. Their motives were both political and religious. Even today many such similar deeds are carried out or attempted in the name of one religion or another. A damning indication that man very rarely learns from his mistakes.

Antonia Fraser is an accomplished and much read historical author with many awards for her writing skills and she has the consummate skill to be able to make the book read like a modern day detective novel, yet in no way prejudicing the factual historical content of the events that led up to the plot being foiled literally at the last moment.
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By A Customer on 19 May 2001
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Antonia Fraser covers a lot of ground in this book. Her ability to bring together all the historical characters and places together, yet still make the narrative flow easily is a true gift...you will surley reap a marvelous insight into the Gunpowder Plot and its many players.
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My friend absolutly loved reading this book
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Excellent and in great condition.
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