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The Enigma of the Gunpowder Plot, 1605:  The Third Solution

The Enigma of the Gunpowder Plot, 1605: The Third Solution

Francis Edwards SJ

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According to the orthodox, old-fashioned view Salisbury discovered the conspiracy, a second judgement is that he nourished it and a third that he invented it. Archbishop Mathew's succinct summary of the three solutions to Gunpowder Plot clarifies the object of this book.

The first, simplistic solution of the plot, retailed to the English ambassadors on the continent by Robert Cecil, James I's secretary of state, still finds much favour. That Cecil nourished the plot, although it did not originate with him, is the more common view.

The third solution of this strangest and most enigmatic of events – or non-events – in British history is outlined here. The author has tried to make his approach non-confrontational and non-polemical, so that, even if readers remain unconvinced by the array of evidence and its interpretation, they will recognize that this third solution is neither as extreme or absurd as it is usually represented. It tries to take into account all that remains of the evidence, without omitting anything that might spoil the thesis.

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Author Francis Edwards SJ
Publisher Four Courts Press
Publication date 29 Jan 2008
Format Hardback
ISBN/EAN 9781846820922

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