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Crime and Punishment – The Gunpowder Plot, 1605

5. Long-Term Impacts

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In this module, we explore the longer term impact of the Plot both domestically and internationally. James I was well-placed to capitalise on the foiling of the Plot. Domestically, James resisted the urge to expel Catholics but instead sought their allegiance. He introduced an Oath of Allegiance which was accepted by many Catholics in England but rejected by European Catholics. James used the plot as an opportunity to attack papal encouragement of plots to unseat monarchs.


In this course, Dr Clare Jackson (University of Cambridge) explores the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. We start by taking a look at the geopolitical and religious challenges that accompanied James I and VI's accession to the English throne. We'll then turn to explore the dilemmas and difficulties of being a Catholic in England at the turn of the 17th century. After this, we'll explore the plot itself - what did happen and crucially what did not happen. In the next two modules, we'll look at the aftermath of plot both domestically and internationally. In the final module, we'll explore the longer term impacts of the plot and the history of the annual commemoration.


Clare Jackson is Senior Tutor at Trinity Hall College, University of Cambridge. She specialises in Stuart Britain from 1603-1715, the politics of multiple monarchy in 17th century Britain, seventeenth-century Scottish legal history and the history of ideas in early modern Britain. She has recently published a book, Devil-Land: England under Siege 1588-1688, and has also presented a number of BBC documentaries on the Stuart period.

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Jackson, C. (2021, December 01). Crime and Punishment – The Gunpowder Plot, 1605 - Long-Term Impacts [Video]. MASSOLIT.

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