Poets, Players, and Preachers: Remembering the Gunpowder Plot in Seventeenth-Century England

By Anne James

© 2016

On the night of November 4th 1605, the English authorities uncovered an alleged plot by a group of discontented Catholics to blow up the Houses of Parliament with the lords, princes, queen and king in attendance.  The failure of the plot is celebrated to this day and is known as Guy Fawkes Day.

In Poets, Players and Preachers, Anne James explores the literary responses to the discovery of the Gunpowder Plot in poetry, drama, and sermons. This book is the first full-length study of the literary repercussions of the conspiracy. By analyzing the genres of poems, plays, and sermons produced between 1605 and 1688, the author argues that not only did the continuous reinterpretation of the conspiracy serve religious and political purposes but that such literary reinterpretations produced generic changes. 

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In Poets, Players and Preachers, Anne James explores the literary responses to the discovery of the Gunpowder Plot in poetry, drama, and sermons. This book is the first full-length study of the literary repercussions of the conspiracy.

Poets, Players, and Preachers: Remembering the Gunpowder Plot in Seventeenth-Century England

By Anne James

© 2016

On the night of November 4th 1605, the English authorities uncovered an alleged plot by a group of discontented Catholics to blow up the Houses of Parliament with the lords, princes, queen and king in attendance.  The failure of the plot is celebrated to this day and is known as Guy Fawkes Day.

In Poets, Players and Preachers, Anne James explores the literary responses to the discovery of the Gunpowder Plot in poetry, drama, and sermons. This book is the first full-length study of the literary repercussions of the conspiracy. By analyzing the genres of poems, plays, and sermons produced between 1605 and 1688, the author argues that not only did the continuous reinterpretation of the conspiracy serve religious and political purposes but that such literary reinterpretations produced generic changes. 

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 424 pages
  • Illustrations: 9
  • Dimensions: 6.5in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    ‘Masterful, nuanced, and at times almost overwhelming treatment of Gunpowder Plot.’


    Leah Knight
    Renaissance and Reformation vol 40:04:2017

    “Anne James has crafted a well-written and meticulously researched book that is erudite and extremely illuminating.”


    Estelle Haan, School of English, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Author Information

    Anne James is an instructor in the Department of English at the University of Regina.
  • Table of contents

    1.Introduction: Writing the Gunpowder Plot 

    2.“like Sampson’s foxes”: Creating a Jacobean Myth of Deliverance 

    3.“And no religion beinds men to be traitors”: The Plot on Stage 

    4.“In marble records fit to be inrold”: Epic Monuments for a Protestant Nation 

    5“fit audience find, though few”: Militant Protestants and Forgotten Monuments 

    6.“For God and the King”: Preaching on the Plot Anniversary 

    7.Conclusion: Echoes and Reverberations 

    Works Cited