Thursday, November 5, 2015
Remember, Remember, the Fifth of November . . .
What was their motive? And how did they fail? More to the point, how did they come so close to succeeding? And most importantly -- was Shakespeare secretly in league with them?
You'll get some unusual answers to those questions in my forthcoming novel, Gunpowder Percy. Will Shakespeare is the least of its cast of characters, which includes Guido Fawkes (the guy himself, pictured above left), the playwright Ben Jonson, the iron-willed and feisty gentlewomen Anne and Eliza Vaux, mad
aristocrats Thomas Percy and Robin Catesby, newcomer king James I, a foppishly disguised priest known as "Q," and the brilliantly strategic counter-plotter and privy councilman Robert Cecil. Even Francis Bacon makes an appearance, as he often did in life.
"Stupendous!," you're thinking. "How can I get a copy of the well-titled Gunpowder Percy, at a price reasonable enough to fit my modest escapist-novel budget?" Well, just watch this space. Soon enough, you'll know.
Now go outside, light up a bonfire, and chant, "Remember, remember, the Fifth of November . . ."