The Gunpowder Plot of 1605 - What really happened

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In November 1605, the infamous Gunpowder Plot took place in which some Catholics, most famously Guy Fawkes,  
plotted to blow up James I, the first of the Stuart kings of England. The story is remembered each November 5th 
when ‘Guys’ are burned in a celebration known as "Bonfire Night".
 
The story appears to be very simple.
 
Catholics in England had expected James to be more tolerant of them. In fact, he had proved to be the opposite and had ordered all Catholic priests to leave England. This so angered some Catholics that they decided to kill James and put his daughter Elizabeth on the throne ensuring that she was a Catholic. This led to a plot to kill 
not only the king of England, James, but also everyone sitting in the Houses of Parliament at the same time as James was there when he opened Parliament on November 5th, 1605.Guy Fawkes and his fellow conspirators, having rented out a house right by the Houses of Parliament,  managed to get 36 barrels of gunpowder into a cellar of the House of Lords.
 
The other conspirators were:
 
Robert and Thomas Wintour, 
Thomas Percy, Christopher and John Wright, Francis Tresham, 
Everard Digby, Ambrose Rookwood, Thomas Bates, 
Robert Keyes, Hugh Owen, John Grant and the man who is said to have organised the whole plotRobert Catesby.
 
NOW LETS TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT REALLY HAPPENED - with guest John Hamer
 
 

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