The Gunpowder Plot.

By Antonia Fraser

Printed: 1996

Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. London

Dimensions 17 × 24 × 4 cm

Language: English

Size (cminches): 17 x 24 x 4

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In the original dustsheet. Green cloth binding with gilt title on the spine.

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With a narrative that grips the reader like a detective story, Antonia Fraser brings the characters and events of the Gunpowder Plot to life. Dramatically recreating the conditions and motives that surrounded the fateful night of 5 November 1605, she unravels the tangled web of religion and politics that spawned the plot.

‘Told with impressive scholarship and panache. The result is a narrative that is clear, balanced, and builds to its denouement with a sense of pace and tension worthy of a John le Carré novel’ John Adamson, Sunday Telegraph


  • I brought this book after seeing a documentary on tv about the gunpowder plot and I wanted to learn more about the events of 5th of November 1605. I hadn’t thought of the events of that day as a “terrorist” plot before. The author gives a good account of the events leading up to the date , perhaps she does allow her Catholic beliefs to show through,but I feel that I did get a good account of Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators that I didn’t have before. Especially the way in which he has gone down in history as the villain while we have forgotten the rest of the conspirators, or even the fact that it was a conspiracy at all. Makes you wonder what would have happened if they had succeeded in killing the king and his parliament.

  • I am a fan of Antonia Fraser’s books. I think she generally finds the right balance between dry factual history and a ‘good read’. This book is no exception in that it is proper history, with footnotes and a copious list of sources and references, but at the same time there is a story that draws you in and makes you want to keep reading, even though we all know what the outcome was. However, as with so many things to do with our history I suspect we all know a little but are actually fairly ignorant when it comes to the full picture. This work should fill in the gaps and I think it provides a balanced and unbiased explanation of what was going on at the time.


Antonia Fraser is the author of numerous novels and historical works including Marie Antoinette, The Wives of Henry VIII, Mary Queen of Scots, and Faith and Treason. She is also famous for her Jemima Shore series of mysteries. She and her husband, Harold Pinter, live in London.

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