Guy Fawkes

"Remember, remember the fifth of November

Gunpowder, treason and plot.

I see no reason why Gunpowder treason

Should ever be fogot."

When Queen Elizabeth I died in 1603, Catholics in England had high hopes that her successor would lessen the persecution they had suffered under the Queen.  Unfortunately, their hopes were dashed leading to a group of men - thirteen in total - decided to take the matter into their own hands.    Their leader was Robert Gatesby and the people he recruited to help him in what later would be known as 'The Gunpowder Plot'.

Guy Fawkes, the person most associated with the plot joined the group in May 1604 and is now considered as one of the world's first undercover agents whose deeds have been recorded.

Head, Vivian, 2007, Terrorism: shocking, true events of global destruction and human tragedy, Leicester, Abbeydale Press.
Thomas, Paul 1997, 'Guy Fawkes', Undercover agents, London, Belitha Press, pp. 6-7.

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Collection highlights:

  • The Gunpowder plot: the secrets of the Gunpowder Plot revealed.  Using material from the National Archives of Great Britain

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  • Head, Vivian, 2007, 'The Gunpowder plot', Terrorism: shocking, true events of global destruction and human tragedy, Leicester, Abbeydale Press, pp. 8-13.

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