Fr Henry Garnet SJ

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In 1478 Bishop Morton of Ely (later Archbishop of Canterbury and Chancellor of England) began the building of a castle in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, to replace the ageing motte-and-bailey structure built by William I in 1072. His successor, Bishop Alcock, extended and completed the re-building and subsequent bishops also spent considerable sums on this new palace. By late Tudor times, however, the castle had become a notorious prison used to hold Catholics. This year, the 5th of June marks the...
As the UK prepares for the annual Bonfire Night celebrations, the BBC will be airing the final episode of its ‘explosive’ three-part drama, Gunpowder. As part of the main cast, the series has portrayed two English Jesuits: Frs John Gerard and Henry Garnet. The first episode saw them involved in a tense opening scene which set the tone for the series, and of the times, of an intense atmosphere of persecution and paranoia. Forced into priest holes at the house of a Catholic recusant by the...
The BBC has launched a three-part drama on the Gunpowder Plot, but this time the story is being told from a different perspective. Every school child in the UK will be able to tell you about Guy Fawkes, but this time the drama is told mainly from the point of view of Robert Catesby, the mastermind behind the plot. Written by Ronan Bennett, who has a PhD in seventeenth-century English history, the project was promoted and developed by the actor Kit Harington, recently famous for his role as Jon...