Saturday, July 30, 2005

The Gunpowder Plot of 1605


The events of July 7, 2005 may be similar to the events of November 5, 1605.

The Gunpowder Plot of 1605.

Many historians believe that:

1. England's Protestant spymaster, Robert Cecil, invented the Gunpowder Plot, in order to discredit Catholics.

2. At least one of the plotters was working for Cecil.

3. The Gunpowder plotters were framed.


The Gunpowder Plot of 1605:

In the climate of fear following the Gunpowder Plot, Cecil and his supporters were able to pass more anti-Catholic laws and to make more money from fines on Catholics. Cecil was in a position to destroy Catholic rivals, such as the Earl of Northumberland, and had an opportunity to seize Catholic lands.



"There is considerable evidence that there was no real Gunpowder Plot and that the idea of it was invented by Robert Cecil in order to discredit the Catholics, not to mention other motives such as removing a political rival (Northumberland) and gaining land from the the confiscated estates of Midland Catholics. This view of the plot provides answers to some otherwise awkward questions such as: Why were the Essex rebels let off a so lightly, and what exactly was meant by 'Reserved to her Majesty's use'? Why was Parliament postponed and how did the coal cellar became so easily and conveniently available? Where did so much gunpowder come from? Wasn't Tresham's warning letter an obvious giveaway? Why did Monteagle give it to Cecil and why didn't Cecil inform the King immediately? Why didn't Guy Fawkes escape after the first search and was he really tortured? How come the Midland rebels were so quickly surrounded by the Sheriff's men and why were Catesby and Percy both shot?"


The Gunpowder Plot of 1605:

The official story of the gunpowder plot does not make sense. The 'confessions' were obtained under torture.

Why would the Catholic plotters have wanted to blow up parliament when it housed not only Protestants but also all the country's leading Catholics?

Elizabeth, James' protestant daughter, was was due to take over, if the plotters succeeded.Why would the Catholic plotters want Elizabeth on the throne?

The government had a monopoly on gunpowder and it was stored in places like the Tower of London. How did the conspirators get hold of 36 barrels of gunpowder without drawing attention to themselves?

How was the gunpowder moved across London from the Tower of London to Westminster (at least two miles distant) without anyone seeing it? The River Thames would not have been used as it could have lead to the gunpowder becoming damp and useless. Thirty six barrels would have been a sizeable quantity to move without causing suspicion.

Why were men who were known to be Catholics allowed to rent out a house so near to the Houses of Parliament? How did they move 36 barrels from that house to the cellar of the Houses of Parliament without anyone noticing?

Why, for the first time in history, was there a search of Parliament's cellars that conveniently found Guy Fawkes.

Why was the soldier who killed the plotters Catesby and Percy at Holbeech House in the Midlands, given such a large pension for life (10p a day for life) when their arrest and torture was more desirable so that the names of any other conspirators might be found out?


The Gunpowder Conspirators were framed by King James's 1st Minister, Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury.

One of the Gunpowder Conspirators, Francis Tresham, is thought to have been working for Cecil.

Tresham was the brother-in-law of the 10th Lord Stourton, and cousin of Lord Monteagle....

Guy Fawkes... became the scapegoat for the gunpowder plot.

The other members of the group were all either killed on arrest or imprisoned and executed - with the exception of Francis Tresham, who fell sick and died shortly after arrest.



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