Just released from prison, Robert Catesby 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 I’s successor would be a Catholic. He was lucky only to lose his estate. They could have hanged, disembowelled and then cut him into quarters.
Yet he vowed revenge, he’d get the sovereign he wanted and his faith would be triumphant.
The outcome led to a plan to kill the whole of the English government. It almost succeeded and was ever after infamous as the ‘Gunpowder Plot’.
But even when you are conspiring to kill, love creeps in….