now seems like a good time to ask

Well, I think it’s past midnight in the UK, so I missed the perfect window by a few hours. But:

If I were to read only one book on the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, which book should it be?

0 Responses to “now seems like a good time to ask”

  1. la_marquise_de_

    Not my period, but the reviews seem to indicate that the front runner is James Travers, Gunpowder: the Players Behind the Plot (The National Archive, 2005). Otherwise, there’s Alan Haynes, The Gunpowder Plot, (2005), which looks to be academic-lite.

  2. stephanieburgis

    I loved Faith and Treason by Antonia Fraser (although the last section actually gave me nightmares, something rare for nonfiction books).

    • Marie Brennan

      Nightmares? How so?

      • stephanieburgis

        The graphic descriptions (which weren’t at all gratuitous – they honestly needed to be there, although I found them painful to read) of the torture that Guy Fawkes and the others went through before “signing” their confessions…it really got to me.

        • Marie Brennan

          Ah. Yes, that would be pretty bad.

          (I took a class once on witchcraft. Read way too much about the interrogation of suspected witches. Rather similar, I think.)

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