Quoted text is from
The Gunpowder Plot House of Commons Information Office Factsheet G8


"The genesis of the plot is unclear. Generations of historians accepted it as a genuine last desperate attempt to re-establish the Catholic religion. Others have suspected it to be the work of a group of Ďagents-provocateursí, anxious to set up as traitors a band of gullible men, to discredit the Jesuits.

This would have reinforced the ascendancy of Protestantism, from the wave of popular revulsion, and hatred in James himself. Several commentators have postulated that the whole plot was conceived by Secretary of State Cecil, and suggested to Catesby [one of the ringleaders], but there is little evidence to support this."

Or is there?

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