The influence and effects of the Gunpowder Plot went much further than the involvement of a few key
members of the landed gentry. Some of the greatest names in English history were caught within its orbit
including such luminaries as Sir Walter Raleigh and the playwright John Donne. While Donne was questioned
over his social meetings with Catesby and several other former members of the Essex Rebellion, Raleigh was
related to many of the plotters through his marriage to Bess Throckmorton.
Despite what everyday folk witnessed, and how the majority lived, England was in religious turmoil and had
been for several decades. Hatred and insurrection had been brewing for many many years, some manufactured by
the Government's paranoia, some legitimately fueled by persecution.
This section categorises the various groups of characters and provides biographies on them.
 The Plotters - Comprises the 13 core conspirators, their allies,
confederates, and enemies of the State (including their supporters overseas). This also includes a
comprehensive list of all those who were arrested or interrogated in the aftermath of the plot.
 The Jesuits - Members of the Society of Jesus, Priests and the Clergy.
Pronounced outlaws and criminals in the reign of Elizabeth I, the Jesuuit's were claimed by the Government of
James I to be ultimately behind the plot.
 The Tainted - The members of the Gentry and Nobility who were tainted
both justly and unjustly with the gunpowder treason.
 The Crown - Members of the Nobility, and the Government's political,
social and religious circle.
 The Agents - Within the dark underworld of Elizabethan England are the
spies and agents of the Government.
 Historical Figures - While not directly involved in the Gunpowder
Plot, there are several key historical figures whose biographies help to provide a more detailed background
as to why the plot occurred, and the nature and motivations behind those involved.
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