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The Real Guy Fawkes

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Always few in number, they were Englishmen trained in Italy or France who came back to minister to their co-religionists here, risking their lives to do so.

Saltpetre was always the limiting factor in manufacture: rare in natural occurrence, it could be produced artificially in fairly disgusting conditions involving lots of urine and pigeon dung.Public opinion afterward was manipulated to further anti-Catholic sentiment, and many of the details are unknown, especially of who warned the government that the plot was taking place a week before Fawkes was to blow up Parliament. It’s the first book I’ve read by the author but I’d happily read more and, I think, for anyone who wants an introduction to the events leading up to November 5th, 1605, this is a brilliant place to start. Nick Holland has also written award winning poetry and his play 'Rudisha' was performed in London in 2012 to coincide with the Olympic games.

Branded one of the greatest villains of all time, the name Guy Fawkes is synonymous with a spectacular crime that never was – the Gunpowder Plot. Getting a more complete look at his life and what may have influenced him when he was younger makes it easier to understand how he may have grown into the man he became.The first, produced by Richard Bentley, the owner of Bentley's Miscellany, appeared in July 1841, as a 3-volume set illustrated by George Cruikshank. Historians today find it difficult to estimate the size of the Catholic community in England under Elizabeth and James, because so many conformed to the Church of England and kept their true beliefs private. Tracing the history of the word “guy,” Metcalf takes readers through a bloody and thrilling journey through 17th-century England in his trademark breezy, readable style. We find out what radicalised the man who was born a Protestant, and yet planned mass murder for the Catholic cause.

The author gives insight to the subject matter that I felt was compelling and would recommend this book to a friend. Most of the books that I've seen that relate to this subject only seem to find the portion of his life that deals with the gunpowder plot to be worth mentioning, but this book delves much further into his life. The stories began their publication in January 1840; Guy Fawkes was published in instalments in Bentley's Miscellany until November 1840. Though gunpowder did nothing to promote long life, it certainly put power into the hands of those who understood its destructive properties, and Ponting's book becomes a monothematic account of "how gunpowder changed the world" as its use spread and it became more lethal with advances in technology. This explosive read, accompanied with beautiful illustrations, is accessible and engaging, combining contemporary accounts with modern analysis to reveal new motivations behind Guy’s actions.This book is a vivid and unique telling of a remarkable time in our history, with an insightful account of the multi-layered man at its centre. A unique ReCovered Notebook made for Much Ado from the covers of an old book we rescued (don’t worry - we only use books that have been too damaged to sell! After years of buildup, culminating with Henry VIII’s Act of Supremacy, November 5, 1605, marked an attempt by Catholics to overthrow the Protestant government. There was an immediate popular recognition that this moment of danger averted was one of major significance.

The first of William Harrison Ainsworth's seven "Lancashire novels", the story is based on the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, an unsuccessful attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament. Ainsworth's novel transformed Fawkes into an "acceptable fictional character", and Fawkes subsequently began to appear in children's books and penny dreadfuls. He shows how Fawkes was deeply affected by the capture and execution of Catholic martyr Margaret Clitherow, whose family were known to Fawkes and his parents. This book is exciting, informative, and really gives readers a good feel for who the real Guy Fawkes probably was.Unfortunately, I waded through several of those cheap and inaccurate (and, therefore, largely ultimately worthless) Kindle biographies of Guy Fawkes, and was left wanting to read a solid work on him.

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