Believing that they are carrying out God's will the conspirators unload the gunpowder in the vaults beneath parliament whilst the constable of Castile, frightened that their success will cause a national backlash against Catholics, tricks Father Gerard into naming them. Cecil is also intrigued by an anonymous letter to Lord Monteagle, advising him against attending parliament, which leads to a search of the vaults. As a result Guy Fawkes is arrested and tortured but refuses to betray the others. Despite the collapse of an anticipated rebellion and aware that their plot has failed Catesby and his friends refuse to flee the country and retribution on the part of the crown swiftly follows.
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Did You Know?
Holbeche House is now a nursing home near Kingswinford in the West Midlands. It has been altered since that time not least by the depicted explosion. There is still evidence of musket fire in the walls. See more
A desire to seal end the Anglo-Spanish War is presented as a major factor. But the Treaty of London was signed in 1604. The Gunpowder Plot was 1605. See more
[Guy Fawkes has been arrested and brought before the King
King James I
What do you have to say for yourself?
Would that I wish I had blown you Scots all the way back to your mountains!
[Fawkes is led away in chains by Wade
King James I
[seizing Cecil's hand
I will never doubt you again, My Lord.
Lord Robert Cecil
You were master of your own salvation, sir. It was you who divined the meaning of the letter, not I.