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  • Published: 10 October 2005
  • ISBN: 9780141909332
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 208
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Gunpowder Plots

A Celebration Of 400 Years Of British Carelessness Withexplosives


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400 years ago this November the most ambitious and extraordinary plot ever conceived in this country came close to success: the attempt by Guy Fawkes and his fellow conspirators to destroy in a single, annihilating blast the entire British ruling class and royal family.



This book draws on the expertise of different writers to bring to life the immense implications of the Plot and the strange way they have echoed down to us over four centuries in what remains the quintessential English festival. Pauline Croft writes about the amazing plot itself and the anxious, unstable world of Jacobean Britain, Antonia Fraser imagines a world in which the plot had succeeded, Justin Champion dramatizes the national emergency that followed the plot's discovery and its savage anti-Catholicism, David Cressy traces how Bonfire Night has been celebrated since its inception as a holiday, Mike Jay focuses on the most famous and enduring rituals held each year at Lewes and Brenda Buchanan offers a wonderful history of fireworks in Britain.
%%%400 years ago this November the most ambitious and extraordinary plot ever conceived in this country came close to success: the attempt by Guy Fawkes and his fellow conspirators to destroy in a single, annihilating blast the entire British ruling class and royal family.
This book draws on the expertise of different writers to bring to life the immense implications of the Plot and the strange way they have echoed down to us over four centuries in what remains the quintessential English festival. Pauline Croft writes about the amazing plot itself and the anxious, unstable world of Jacobean Britain, Antonia Fraser imagines a world in which the plot had succeeded, Justin Champion dramatizes the national emergency that followed the plot's discovery and its savage anti-Catholicism, David Cressy traces how Bonfire Night has been celebrated since its inception as a holiday, Mike Jay focuses on the most famous and enduring rituals held each year at Lewes and Brenda Buchanan offers a wonderful history of fireworks in Britain.

  • Pub date: 10 October 2005
  • ISBN: 9780141909332
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 208
Categories:

About the Authors

Antonia Fraser

Antonia Fraser is the author of several, major, internationally acclaimed historical biographies: Mary Queen of Scots (James Tait Black Memorial Prize 1969); Cromwell: Our Chief of Men; King Charles II; the Six Wives of Henry VIII; and her recent bestseller The Gunpowder Plot. She has also written two highly praised books focusing on women in history; The Weaker Vessel; Woman's Lot in Seventeenth-Century England (which won a Wolfson Award for history 1984) and The Warrior Queens; Boadicea's Chariot. She is the editor of the series Kings and Queens of England, recently reissued, and wrote the volume James VI of Scotland, I of England. Antonia Fraser has also written seven mysteries and two books of crime short stories featuring Jemima Shore, Investigator. She is married to Harold Pinter and lives in London.

David Cannadine

Sir David Cannadine is Chair of the National Portrait Gallery in London, Dodge Professor of History at Princeton University and General Editor of the Penguin History of Europe and Penguin History of Britain. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Chair of the Blue Plaques Committee. His major books include The Rise and Fall of the British Aristocracy, Ornamentalism and Mellon: A Life. He has previously taught at Cambridge, Columbia and London universities.


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