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Gunpowder Plot
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On Mar 25, 1605, a small band of Catholics hired a cellar under the Houses of Parliament in London, storing gunpowder there. Although Guy Fawkes (1570–1606) was not their leader, he became the most famous member of the group. Their aim was to blow up the Houses of Parliament on Nov 5, 1605 – the day Parliament opened – and, at the same time, murder the attending king James I and the members of Parliament, in the hope that this would encourage Catholics to seize control of the government. William Parker, Lord Monteagle – member of Parliament and re…

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Carter, Grayson, “Gunpowder Plot”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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