The Gunpowder Plot

CWA Non Fiction Dagger, 1996

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780753814017

Price: £14.99

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Remember, remember, the Fifth of November …

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.

‘An excellent book which unravels the whole story of the plot’ Literary Review
‘Told with impressive scholarship and panache … with a sense of pace and tension worthy of a John le Carré novel’ Sunday Telegraph


Antonia Fraser has written an excellent book which unravels the whole story of the plot, exploring the background, keeping close to the evidence, and, above all, bringing the characters to life ... a judicious and very readable account
Hugh Trevor-Roper, Literary Review
Every few years a work of history appears that succeeds in connecting its subject to the deeper questions troubling modern society. This is one such book
Amanda Foreman, Independent
Eloquent and moving
Jonathan Clark, The Times
History as it should be written
Roy Strong
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
It has a fine narrative flow, for Antonia Fraser recognises that history is essentially a story, and a gripping one at that. She writes with verve and imagination
Kenneth Baker, Daily Telegraph
An awe-inspiring tale ... It makes superb armchair entertainment
Paul Johnson, Daily Express
Fraser's meticulously researched book is an excellent read ... Antonia Fraser has shed much light on one of the most controversial episodes in English history
Martin Jacques, Observer