Remember, Remember the 5th of November: The Gunpowder Plot 1605

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Remember, Remember the 5th of November: The Gunpowder Plot 1605

<p>Religion inspired terrorism did not begin in the 21st century. The Gunpowder Plot features fanatical Catholic traitors, spies, Jesuit priests and 36 barrels of gunpowder in the cellars of the

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Religion inspired terrorism did not begin in the 21st century. The Gunpowder Plot features fanatical Catholic traitors, spies, Jesuit priests and 36 barrels of gunpowder in the cellars of the English Parliament. The plotters suffered a hideous and violent fate. The 5th of November, Guy Fawkes Night, or “bonfire night” is still commemorated widely across the UK.


SUGGESTED READING

  • Alice Hogge, Gods Secret Agents: Hatching the Gunpowder Plot, Harper, 2006
  • Antonia Fraser, Faith and Treason, The Story of the Gunpowder Plot, Anchor, 1997
  • Gunpowder, BBC TV series, 2018


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Elizabethan England in the 1590s, the persecution of Catholics in England and the background to the Gunpowder Plot
  • Accession of James I in 1603 and the complex politics of religious persecution in the new Stuart regime, Robert Cecil, chief spymaster for James I
  • The Gunpowder plotters and their motives, including, Robert Catesby, Guy Fawkes, Frances Tresham, Thomas Winter, and the involvement of Catholic priests
  • The betrayal of the Gunpowder Plot, the arrests and execution of the plotters
  • Impact on later English history of the Gunpowder Plot


PLANNED LEARNING OIUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Gain a sound understanding of why Catholic fanatics might be driven to such violent and desperate measure in the early 17th century.
  2. Discuss the results of the anti Catholic legislation and the means by which the plot was orchestrated and then discovered before the King and parliament could be assassinated.
  3. Identify the short term and longer term results of the Gunpowder Plot in English History.