Gunpowder plot

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Gunpowder plot

Robert Catesby – Was the leader of the plot and a devoted catholic and wanted revenge

Tom Winton – Catesby cousin and right hand man

Guy Fawkes – Was to set the fuse

Thomas Percy- leased out the buildings

Jack Wright- Best swordsman in England


In Elizabeth’s reign the pope excommunicated her and the pope called upon all loyal Catholics to take up arms against her. Basically, he wanted all Catholics to commit treason against her. Elizabeth set up the Act of uniformity- which meant that Catholics basically had no rights. Priests had to be hidden in Priest holes in people’s houses


Henry Garnet- The Head of the Jesuits


James announced that he hated the Catholics and he ordered all Jesuits and priests out of his kingdom. The Catholic community were devastated. They thought they would get peace from James instead they just received more distrust.


Thomas Percy bought a house next door the houses of parliament and to not arouse suspicion Guy Fawkes started living there under the allies of John Johnson. Luckily the ground floor directly underneath the king’s chambers was empty so Thomas Percy leased that too.

The gunpowder was ferried across the Thames from Catesby house on the riverbank eventually 36 barrels had accumulated underneath the parliament.


Catesby confessed to his priest – Tesmond- looking for absolution for the crime he was


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