1603• James I becomes King of England• Fines Catholics not attending Church of England services and he puts Catholic priests to death.
1604• Robert Catesby hatches a plan to blow up Parliament on the day it opens.
Guy Fawkes• The plotters recruit Guido Fawkes, an explosives expert.
The plot is hindered• Rent a house near to Houses of Parliament and start tunnelling.• Water leaks in from the River Thames• Walls of the House of Lords could not be penetrated.
A change of fortune• State Opening of Parliament postponed until 5th November 1605• Cellar room becomes available for rent.
The plan takes shape • 36 barrels of gunpowder moved to the cellar and hidden behind firewood. • Guy Fawkes left in charge of guarding it.
Who sent the warning?• Lord Monteagle, an MP – and cousin of Francis Tresham – receives a letter, warning him to not attend the State Opening of Parliament.• Monteagle shows letter to Robert Cecil who, in turn, shows it to the King.
4th November 1605• King orders search of the cellars.• ‘John Johnson’ found with pile of wood.• 2nd search - gunpowder is found.• Johnson is arrested and taken to the Tower.
Torture in the Tower• Johnson confesses to being Guy Fawkes.• After four days of torture he confesses to the Plot.
The other plotters• Meanwhile, the other plotters had been hiding in a house in the Midlands.• Soldiers surround the house.• Catesby, Percy & Winter brothers are shot dead.• Remaining plotters taken to the Tower.• Tried, and found guilty of High Treason.
January 1606• Plotters hanged, drawn and quartered for their crimes.