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The way we were: Anarchy in the UK

Two historical accounts of treason and conspiracy,

By Ian Irvine   November 2010

Gotcha: Guy Fawkes is apprehended

7th November 1605. John Chamberlain in London writes to his friend Dudley Carleton in Paris about the Gunpowder plot

I cannot but remember what you have diverse times told me touching Thomas Percy [one of the plotters], that you suspected him to be a subtle, flattering and dangerous knave. He hath not only verified your judgement but exceeded all degrees of comparison and gone beyond Nero and Caligula, that wished all Rome had but one head that they might cut it off at a stroke; for he at one blow would have ruined the whole…

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