Sunday, November 06, 2011

What if Guy Fawkes’s Gunpowder Plot had succeeded in 1605?
It was a Catholic plot aimed at engineering a transition to a Catholic monarchy, but Catholics constituted such a tiny proportion of the population that it had little realistic chance of success.

Even if the Houses of Parliament had been blown sky-high, the scale of the carnage would surely have provoked a backlash against Catholics by the Protestant majority.

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