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FRASER**, ANTONIA: : THE GUNPOWDER PLOT: Terror & Faith in 1605
LONDON.WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON,1996.
UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.FINE/FINE.No owner inscrptn but price-clip to dw/dj.Bright, crisp, clean,glossy laminated,dark green background with contemporary,historical b/w llustration reproduction with a gilt border,to centre of front panel of dw/dj with gilt+white lettering,similar lettering to spine,to rear panel contemporary colour portrait painting illustration; with some negligible shelf-wear, bumping with reciprocal creasing - mainly to top edges - and corners - no major nicks or tears present.Top+fore- edges generally bright and clean; contents bright,tight,clean,solid and sound - pristine - no dog-ear reading creases to any pages' corners,appears unread - apart from my own collation.Bright,crisp,clean,sharp-cornered,publisher's original plain dark green cloth boards with bright,crisp,blocked gilt letters to spine/backstrip,a headband and immaculate plain brick red endpapers.UK,8vo HB+ dw/dj,1st edn,x-xxxvpp+4-347pp [paginated] includes an illustrations list/table,author's note includes a prologue,Pts One - Five,24pp historical,contemporary b/w+colour facsimile reproduction illustrations in 3 blocks of 8pp apiece,between pp124/5,pp188/9 and pp252/3 respectively,notes,reference books and an index.Plus [unpaginated] half-title+title pages,a dedication,contents list/table,first page of illustrations list,an English Succession genealogical tree and a Conspirators relationships tree/chart,and individual Pts separator pages.
'Remember,remember the fifth of November.'
The Gunpowder Plot of 1605 is one of the most commemorated events in English history.Yet this astonishing episode remains shrouded in mystery and the subject of passionate argument.The central aim of Antonia Fraser's rich and immensely readable book is to explain why there should have been a plot at all,and to understand why the courageous,idealistic,but terrifyingly misguided conspirators risked their lives for what they believed to be the cause of God and their country.
Although Guy Fawkes is today the name best known of the thirteen conspirators,the plot was conceived and masterminded by the charismatic Catholic,Robert Catesby.Against the background of Elizabeth I's death and James I accession, Antonia Fraser reveals the underlying motive of these men,including the gallant Sir Everard Digby,the wealthy young Ambrose Rookwood and the Wintour brothers.Together,they came close to blowing up the Houses of Parliament and with them the King and Royal Family.She brings to life the harsh conditions endured by the persecuted Catholic community,especially their illegal priests,condemned to secret refuges in safe Catholic houses (some of which still survive today),and an extensive cast of characters,not least the courageous Catholic women,with her usual biographical skill.
Although anti-Catholic legislation was introduced soon after the plot's discovery,many important and loyal Catholics retained high office during King James I's reign.The thwarting of the plot was commemorated for many years afterwards by special sermons and other public events such as the ringing of church bells,which have evolved into the Bonfire Night of today.
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