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CAST OF PLAYERS
Of rascals and royalty
Guy Fawkes: A Catholic and a military man. He revealed the names of the plotters during torture.
Robert Catesby: Initiator of the Gunpowder Plot. He fled after the scheme unraveled and was killed by government troops.
Father Henry Garnet: A Jesuit hanged for his alleged part in the plot.
Ambrose Rookwood: His job was to carry news of the success of the plot to Catesby. He was executed with Fawkes.
Everard Digby: He was to have kidnapped Princess Elizabeth, daughter of James I, after the successful completion of the plot. He was hanged, then drawn and quartered, like most of the conspirators.
Other conspirators: Thomas Winter, Robert Winter, Thomas Percy, John Wright, Christopher Wright and Thomas Bates.
On the side of the crown
King James I: Son of Mary, Queen of Scots and king of Scotland before becoming king of England in 1603. He and his wife, Queen Anne, were targets of the plot to blow up Parliament.
Secretary of State Robert Cecil: A trusted advisor to the crown who served under Elizabeth I and James I.
Sources: Encyclopedia Britannica, "The Gunpowder Plot," by Vincent Hemingway, "The Gunpowder Plot: Terror & Faith in 1605," by Antonia Fraser, and "In the Footsteps of the Gunpowder Plotters," by Conall Boyle.
Plotting the Gunpowder Trail