The failure of the Gunpowder Plot is the most celebrated event in British history. But who was this Guy Fawkes we burn with such relish? How did he come to be in the chamber beneath the House of Lords in the early hours of 5 November 1605? And who employed him? In this illustrated history, Haynes uncovers the truth about the Catholic conspiracy. His probing analysis offers a clear, balanced view of often conflicting evidence as he disentangles the threads of disharmony, intrigue, betrayal, terror and retribution.