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Speaker Dr Mark Nicholls, Faculty of History, St John’s College, Cambridge, will be focusing on the Yorkshire families involved and will explore what the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 was really all about.

The Gunpowder Plot of 1605 is arguably the most famous conspiracy in British history. But, for various reasons, several aspects of the treason remain mysterious, or insuficiently explained. Focusing on the Yorkshire families involved, and considering the regional politics and religious divisions found across England at that time, this talk will seek to set the actions of Guy Fawkes and his confederates in their proper context, going some way towards clarifying what the Gunpowder Plot was really all about.

Dr Mark Nicholls teaches Early Modern British History. His research interests include succession politics, conspiracies, treason, university humour and Sir Walter Raleigh.

For more information please contact heather.budgen@hull.ac.uk or 01482 465683.


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