'Remember, remember the 5th of November, Gunpowder, Treason and Plot'
5th November 1605. Few are unaware of the story and most have heard of Guy ‘Guido’ Fawkes. After all, he was the ‘clean skin’, the mercenary hired to live under deep cover in the precincts of the Palace of Westminster and blow the King and his entourage to oblivion when the moment came.
Yet fewer know of the true story, of the Catholic horsemen waiting to snatch the King’s young daughter, Princess Elizabeth, from her residence at Coombe Abbey in Northamptonshire. The tale involves spies, treachery, double agents and a hunt for the hidden gunpowder. It involves too the great spymaster Robert Cecil. The world’s first great potential terrorist spectacular was foiled. It could have been very different.
So it Goes
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