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History Masterclass with Jessie Childs: The Gunpowder Plot (Stowe)

16th September 2017 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

THE GUNPOWDER PLOT: Terror & Faith in Elizabethan and Jacobean England

The Gunpowder Plot is one of the hinge events of British history – an act of terror that stretches back into the Tudor period and beyond to the Civil War, the Glorious Revolution and Bonfire Night. Its enduring appeal is attested by BBC 1’s upcoming drama starring Kit Harington, Liv Tyler, and Mark Gatiss.

This History Masterclass will ask What, How, Why and Who the Gunpowder Plot was. We look not just at Guy Fawkes (the ‘devil of the vault’) and the plot’s mastermind Robert Catesby, but at the last-minute recruits, the planned rebellion in the midlands and the priest and mysterious woman (‘the virgin’) who tried to stop it. We look at papers bricked into the walls of houses for centuries and drill deep down into the archives: at spy reports, torture warrants and orange-juice letters smuggled out of prison cells. A story of holy war, religious hatred, divided loyalties and the clash between national security and religious freedom, the Gunpowder Plot has never been more timely.

Jessie Childs is an award-winning author, who has lectured around the world on early modern religion and issues of terror and faith more generally. Her latest book God’s Traitors won the prestigious PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize for history and was selected as a Book of the Year in the TimesSunday TimesDaily TelegraphObserver and BBC History Magazine. Jessie holds a First in History from Brasenose College, Oxford, and has contributed to numerous TV documentaries including Armada (BBC 2), Bloody Queens (BBC 2) and an upcoming BBC series on Elizabeth I’s secret state. She reviews books for the GuardianTelegraph, Literary Review and the TLS.

As with all History Masterclasses, there are only a small number of tickets available: this Masterclass will be no bigger than 30 people, allowing for intimacy and interaction.

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16th September 2017
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Stowe School
Stowe School
Stowe, Buckingham MK18 5EH United Kingdom
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