Just released from prison, he looked for the last time at his beloved Chastleton. He had to sell his house to pay his fine. But he had admitted to plotting so that Queen Elizabeth’s successor would be a Catholic. He was lucky only to lose his estate. He could have been hung, drawn and then quartered.
Yet he vowed revenge on the Protestant King James; he’d get another monarch and his faith would be triumphant.
So he planned to kill the whole of the English government with the infamous as the ‘Gunpowder Plot’.
But even when you are conspiring to kill, you cannot calculate the power of love between a young couple. This miscalculation would change history.