Guy Fawkes is the name associated above all others with the infamous Gunpowder Plot of 1605. Perhaps because he was the one caught red-handed, he’s become our Bonfire Night 'celebrity'. But what of the other people involved? What about Robert Catesby, the ringleader and ideas man, or King James I, the intended target?
In this section we'll look in detail at all of the leading players - the plotters, the King, the Cecil dynasty of ministers, lords, priests and women who became embroiled in the Plot. Two key journalists of the period who held opposing views on religion, and whose writings shaped popular perceptions of the Plot are also described. Scroll down the page for a menu of characters.
The relationships between these key figures are fascinating. Take a look at the interactive below to find out how friendships, family ties and professional rivalries may have played their part in the Plot.
Use the menu below to read biographies of the people involved in the Plot.