|| One of the most turbulent and
eventful centuries in English history is well-chronicled
in this entertaining book. It is appropriately published
during Guy Fawkes week, at the end of a season of documentary
films on Channel Four about the period.
With terrorism on everyone's mind, it is fascinating to
be reminded of the details of the infamous Gunpowder Plot
in 1605, when dissident Roman Catholics nearly blew up the
Houses of Parliament during the State Opening. If the plot
had succeeded, King James and his wife, along with many
MPs and peers, would probably have been killed. And the
after-effects of the outrage would have included a pogrom
against large numbers of innocent Roman Catholics.
Today, when many believe that judgement in Britain is often
weighed too heavily in favour of the criminal, it is chilling
to be reminded of the punishment meted out to the Gunpowder
Plot conspirators. They were hanged, cut down still alive,
disembowelled, castrated, their hearts were ripped out and
the bodies decapitated and placed at various points in London.
Anyone who had publicly suggested that this punishment was
too extreme would probably have risked suffering the same
This readable book covers the complexities of the Civil
War, the birth of the Commonwealth and subsequent restoration
of the monarchy, as well as the Glorious Revolution of 1688.
It also contains new evidence on and insight into the Gunpowder
Plot, Oliver Cromwell, the Plague and the Fire of London
||Bolton Evening News
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several other English newspapers as well as newspapers in
Wales, Scotland and N. Ireland.)
|| Accompanying the Channel 4 documentary
series, this is a colourful account of England in the 17th
Terror, intrigue, ambition and death the 17th century
in England was an era of dramatic and unprecedented events
dictated by religious and parliamentary conflict. In this
lively narrative, Stevie Davies tells the political and
social story of England during this period. Coverage spans
from James VI of Scotlands ascension to the English
throne as James I, through the English Civil War to the
Glorious Revolution of 1688.
The book contains coverage of all the significant events
of the century, and also has extended descriptive chapters
which feature new evidence and insight from contemporary
experts on the Gunpowder Plot, Oliver Cromwell, the Great
Plague and the Great Fire of London. A Century of Troubles
is a gripping tribute to an age which featured some of English
historys most famous events and personalities.
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