The Real Guy Fawkes

Nick Holland

 
Date Published :
November 2017
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
16 illustrations
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781526705082

Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stockPages : 240
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Overview
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Guy Fawkes, born in York in 1570, is one of the key figures in British history, taking a central role in a plot that would have destroyed the ruling class and changed the nation forever. Today protesters wear his mask, families burn his effigy, and he is an instantly recognizable name and face. But just who was the real Guy Fawkes? In this new book, we take an exciting look at the flesh and blood person behind the myth. We find out what radicalized the man who was born a Protestant, and yet planned mass murder for the Catholic cause. The book takes a fresh look at Guy's early life in York and beyond, and examines how that led to him becoming a Catholic mercenary and a key member of the 1605 Gunpowder treason.

This fresh new biography of Guy's life removes the layers of complexity that can cloud the British history of this time: an era when fearful Catholics hid in tiny priest holes, government spies were everywhere, and even your closest friends could send you to be hung, drawn and quartered. Guy and his conspirators were prepared to risk everything and endanger everyone, but were they fanatics, freedom fighters, or fools? This explosive read, accompanied with beautiful illustrations, is accessible and engaging, combining contemporary accounts with modern analysis to reveal new motivations behind Guy's actions.

About The Author
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Nick Holland was born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire in 1971\. He is a best selling fiction writer, who has now become a successful non-fiction author. His biography of Anne Brontë was critically acclaimed, with the _Mail On Sunday_ calling it 'an excellent book full of passion and pathos' and his recent biography of the infamous gunpowder plotter, _The Real Guy Fawkes_ was praised for making this complex man accessible to all.

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