|The Discovery of the Gunpowder Plot and the Taking of Guy Fawkes (c. 1823) by Henry Perronet Briggs — Wikipedia.|
November 5th is arguably the most infamous date in the UK calendar. On this day in 1605 Guy Fawkes intended to detonate a cache of gunpowder, destroy Parliament, murder Protestant King James I and kill many others.
|King James I|
|The undercroft beneath the House of Lords, as illustrated in 1799 — Wikipedia.|
Fawkes was tasked with guarding the explosives until Parliament opened. His face was unknown in London. He worked in disguise as Percy’s servant John Johnson from Netherdale (Nidderdale) in Yorkshire, where Percy and Fawkes had strong family connections. When undercover it’s good to have a backstory you believe in.
|Robert Cecil,1st Earl of Salisbury|
|The Explosion at Holbeche, depicted by George Cruikshank (1792-1878)|
|Lord Monteagle letter.|
England in 1605... a country concerned about terrorism, religious unrest, government surveillance and Europe. A small group of conspirators led by charismatic Robert Catesby and Guy Fawkes plan regime change. Can spymaster general Robert Cecil stop them and prevent the country descending into all-out civil war?
The Gunpowder Plot has succeeded. King James I is dead. His daughter Queen Elizabeth II has transformed England into a beacon of religious tolerance but conflict is brewing across Europe and there is trouble in Ireland. A peace envoy is needed. Everard Digby appears the perfect choice but he’s a man with a secret past the Queen must never discover…
His books have been described as a perfect read for lovers of the works of C.J. Sansom and S. J. Parris and anyone interested in how historic events have shaped our own times.