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Treason explores the events leading up to the failed gunpowder plot of 1605. The gunpowder plot was a scheme dreamt up by a group of English Catholic extremists, led by Robert Catesby, to kill the monarch King James I and his entire government by blowing up the Houses of Parliament. His main co-conspirators were Thomas Percy, John Wright, Tom Winter, and Guy Fawkes.
For years, English Catholics had been persecuted under the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, and their motivation for the plot was their ongoing oppression under the rule of the Protestant King James. The plotters were hoping that – if they destroyed the government – the King of Spain might step in and help convert the country back to Catholicism.
The date for their attack was set for the 5th November 1605, but everything began to unravel when an anonymous letter was sent to a Lord Monteagle, warning him to avoid the opening of Parliament. Guy Fawkes was caught red handed guarding 36 barrels of gunpowder, whilst the other plotters fled London to raise an army. Nobody came to their aid, and eventually they were found and killed for their treason.
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