Trivia

All sorts of useless (maybe even some useful trivia).


Underground / Metro Systems

Amsterdam

Berlin U Bahn

Budapesti metró

Glasgow Subway

London Underground

Metro de Madrid

Montréal Métro

Moscow Metro

New York Subway

Paris Metro

Seoul Metropolitan Subway

Tokyo Metro

Toronto

Tyne and Wear Metro

GEOGRAPHY TRIVIA

Thames Bridges

Countries on the Equator

Largest
Continents

Largest
Islands

Largest
Deserts

Highest
Mountains

Highest
Cities

Highest
Towers

Longest
River

Largest
Oceans

Largest
Lakes

Highest
Waterfall

Largest & Smallest
Countries

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World

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U. K.

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England

Miss
Scotland

Miss
Northern Ireland

Miss
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Christmas
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Scales

Beatrix Potter
characters

Gunpowder
Plot


THAMES BRIDGES

Up River from the North Sea

Queen Elizabeth II Bridge
Tower Bridge
Westminster Bridge
Lambeth Bridge
London Bridge
Cannon Street Railway Bridge
Southwark Bridge
Millennium Bridge
Blackfriars Railway Bridge
Blackfriars Bridge
Waterloo Bridge (the "women's bridge")
Hungerford Footbridges (Golden Jubilee Bridges)
Charing Cross (Hungerford) Bridge
Westminster Bridge
Lambeth Bridge
Vauxhall Bridge
Grosvenor Bridge
Albert Bridge
Chiswick Bridge
Richmond Bridge
Chelsea Bridge
Albert Bridge
Battersea Bridge
Battersea Railway Bridge
Wandsworth Bridge
Fulham Railway Bridge and Footbridge
Putney Bridge - ( start of boat race )
Hammersmith Bridge
Barnes Railway Bridge and Footbridge
Chiswick Bridge - ( end of boat race )
Kew Railway Bridge
Kew Bridge
Richmond Lock and Footbridge
Twickenham Bridge
Richmond Railway Bridge
Richmond Bridge
Teddington Lock Footbridge
Kingston Railway Bridge
Kingston Bridge
Hampton Court Bridge


Underground / Subway Systems

Amsterdam

LINE Termini

50

IsolatorwegGein

51

Centraal StationWestwijk

52 (Planned North/South Line)

BuikslotermeerpleinZuid NS

53

Centraal Station Gaasperplas

54

Centraal Station Gein


Berlin U Bahn

Line

Length

Stations

Uhlandstraße Warschauer Straße 8.814 km 13
Pankow Ruhleben 20.716 km 29
Nollendorfplatz Krumme Lanke 11.940 km 15
Nollendorfplatz Innsbrucker Platz 2.864 km 5
Alexanderplatz Hönow 18.356 km 20
Berlin Hauptbahnhof Brandenburger Tor 1.470 km 3
Alt-Tegel Alt-Mariendorf 19.888 km 29
Rathaus Spandau Rudow 31.760 km 40
Wittenau Hermannstraße 18.042 km 24
Rathaus Steglitz Osloer Straße 12.523 km 18


Budapesti metró


Line 1

Line 2

Line 3

Under construction


Glasgow Subway

Outer CircleClockwise
Inner CircleAnti Clockwise


London Undergound

Line

Length
(miles)

Stations

14.5

25

46

49

17

35

40

60

16.5

29

22.5

27

41.5

34

36

50

44.3

53

13.25

16

1.5

2


Metro de Madrid

Line Length Stations Loading gauge
Pinar de Chamartín – Valdecarros 23.8 km 33 narrow
La Elipa – Cuatro Caminos 9.5 km 16
Villaverde Alto – Moncloa 16.4 km 18
Argüelles – Pinar de Chamartín 16.0 km 23
Alameda de Osuna – Casa de Campo 23.2 km 32
Circular 23.5 km 28 wide
Pitis – Estadio Olímpico – Hospital del Henares 31.2 km 29
Nuevos Ministerios – Aeropuerto 16.4 km 8
Herrera Oria – Puerta de Arganda – Arganda del Rey 38.0 km 26
Hospital Infanta Sofía – Tres Olivos – Puerta del Sur 39.9 km 31
Plaza Elíptica – La Fortuna 5.3 km 6
MetroSur 40.7 km 28
Ópera – Príncipe Pío 1.1 km 2 narrow
Pinar de Chamartín – Las Tablas 5.4 km 9 tramway
Colonia Jardín – Estación de Aravaca 8.7 km 13
Colonia Jardín – Puerta de Boadilla 13.7 km 16


Montréal Métro / Métro de Montréal

Line Length Stations
AngrignonHonoré-Beaugrand22.1 km 27
Côte-VertuLongueuil–Université-de-Sherbrooke30.0 km31
Berri-UQAMKrumme Lanke4.25 km 3
SnowdonSaint-Michel9.7 km12


Moskovsky metropoliten

Line (Anglicised) Length Stations
Sokolnicheskaya 26.1 km 19
Zamoskvoretskaya 36.9 km 20
Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya 43.5 km 21
Filyovskaya 14.9 km 13
Koltsevaya 19.3 km 12
Kaluzhsko-Rizhskaya 37.6 km 24
Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya 35.9 km 19
Kalininskaya 13.1 km 7
Serpukhovsko-Timiryazevskaya 41.2 km 25
Lyublinsko-Dmitrovskaya 23.7 km 14
Kakhovskaya 3.3 km 3
Butovskaya 5.5 km 5


New York Subway System

A Division


Interborough Rapid Transit Company

B Division


Brooklyn–Manhattan Transit Corporation /
Independent Subway System
RouteLineRouteLine
Broadway – Seventh Avenue Local Eighth Avenue Express
Seventh Avenue Express Sixth Avenue Express
Seventh Avenue Express Eighth Avenue Local
Lexington Avenue Express Sixth Avenue Express
Lexington Avenue Express Eighth Avenue Local
Lexington Avenue Local/Express Sixth Avenue Local
Lexington Avenue Local/Express Crosstown Local
Lexington Avenue Local/Express Nassau Street Express
Flushing Local/Express Canarsie Local
42nd Street Shuttle Sixth Avenue Local
Broadway Local
Broadway Express
Broadway Local
Franklin Avenue Shuttle
Rockaway Park Shuttle
Nassau Street Express


Paris Metro

LineStationsLengthTermini
12516.6La DéfenseChâteau de Vincennes
22512.3Porte DauphineNation
32511.7Pont de LevalloisGallieni
3bis41.3Porte des LilasGambetta
42610.6Porte de ClignancourtPorte d'Orléans
52214.6BobignyPlace d'Italie
62813.6Charles de Gaulle - ÉtoileNation
73822.4La CourneuveMairie d'Ivry
Villejuif
7bis83.1Louis Blanc Pré Saint-Gervais
83722.1BalardCréteil
93719.6Pont de SèvresMairie de Montreuil
102311.7BoulogneGare d'Austerlitz
11136.3ChâteletMairie des Lilas
122813.9Porte de la ChapelleMairie d'Issy
133224.3Châtillon - MontrougeSaint-Denis
Les Courtilles
1499Saint-LazareOlympiades


Seoul Metropolitan Subway

LINE OPERATOR
Line 1Seoul MetroKorail
Line 2Seoul MetroSMRT
Line 3Seoul MetroSMRTKorail
Line 4Seoul MetroKorail
Line 5Seoul MetroSMRT
Line 6Seoul MetroSMRT
Line 7SMRT
Line 8SMRT
Line 9Metro 9
Jungang Line (K1) Korail
Bundang Line (K2) Korail
Gyeongui Line (K3) Korail
AREX Korail Airport Railroad Co., Ltd.


Tokyo Metro

LineStationsLength
km
Gauge
mm
Power
(V DC)
Company
Line 1AAsakusa Line2018.3 14351500
overhead
Toei Subway
Line 2HHibiya Line2120.3600
third rail
Tōkyō Metoro
Line 3GGinza Line1914.3
Line 4MMarunouchi Line2824.2
mMarunouchi Line Branch Line43.2 km
Line 5TTōzai Line2330.81067 1500
overhead
Line 6IMita Line2726.5Toei Subway
Line 7NNamboku Line1921.3Tōkyō Metoro
Line 8YYūrakuchō Line2428.3
Line 9CChiyoda Line2024.0
Line 10SShinjuku Line2123.51372Toei Subway
Line 11ZHanzōmon Line1416.81067Tōkyō Metoro
Line 12EŌedo Line3840.71435Toei Subway
Line 13FFukutoshin Line1620.21067 Tōkyō Metoro


Toronto

Yonge - University - Spadina

Bloor - Danforth

Scarborough RT

Sheppard line


Tyne and Wear Metro


Countries on the Equator

Brazil

Colombia

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Ecuador

Gabon

Indonesia

Kenya

Kiribati

Maldives

Republic of the Congo

Sao Tome & Principe

Somalia

Uganda


Continents

Area (Sq Miles)Area (Sq Km)
Asia
Africa
North America
South America
Antarctica
Europe
Australia
16.9 million
11.7 million
9.5 million
6.9 million
5.4 million
3.9 million

43.8 million
30.2 million
24.7 million
17.8 million
14.4 million
10.2 million
8.5 million

Largest
Countries

Area
(Sq Miles)

Smallest
Countries

Area
(Sq Miles)
Russia
Canada
China
USA
Brazil
6.6 million
3.6 million
3.61 million
3.6million
3.3 million
Vatican City
Monaco
Nauru
Tuvalu
San Marino
0.17
0.75
8.2
10
24

Population (Country 2008)

Population (City 2007)

China
India
United States
Indonesia
Brazil
1,322,910,000
1,130,000,000
303,569,100
231,627,000
186,315,468
Mumbai (India)
Karachi (Pakistan)
Delhi(India)
Istanbul (Turkey)
Sao Paulo (Brasil)
13,073,926
11,608,000
11,505,196
11,174,257
11,016,703

Highest
Cities

Elevation
(Feet)
Elevation
(Metres)

Country

Lhasa
La Paz
Cuzco
Sucre
Quito
12,002
11,910
11,152
9,331
9,249
3658
3630
3399
2844
2819
Tibet
Bolivia
Peru
Bolivia
Ecuador

Highest
Mountain

Height
(feet)
Height
(metres)

Location

Everest
K2
Kanchenjunga
Lhotse
Makalu
29,028
28,251
28,169
27,940
27,838
8,848
8611
8,586
8,516
8,485
Nepal / Tibet
Kashmir
Nepal / India
Nepal / Tibet
Nepal / Tibet

Largest
Desert

Area
(Sq Miles)
Area
(Sq km)

Location

Antartica
Sahara
Gobi
Kalahari
Great Victoria
5.5 million
3.5 million
500,000
225,000
163,900
14.2 million
9.1 million
1.3 million
582,000
424,400
Antartica
North Africa
Mongolia-China
Southern Africa
Australia

Largest
Oceans

Area
(Sq Miles)
Area
(Sq Km)
Pacific
Atlantic
Indian
Antarctic
Arctic
65.3 million
41.1 million
28.4 million
7.8 million
5.4 million
169.2 million
106.4 million
73.6 million
20.3 million
14.1 million

Largest
Lakes

Area
(Sq Miles)
Area
(Sq Km)

Location

Caspian Sea
Superior
Victoria
Huron
Michigan
152,239
31,820
26,560
23,010
22,400
371,000
82,413
68,800
59,596
58,000
Russia-Iran
US-Canada
Tanzania-Uganda
US-Canada
US

Largest
Island

Area (Sq Miles)Area (Sq Km)
Greenland
New Guinea
Borneo
Madagascar
Baffin Island
822,706
303,381
288,869
226,917
195,928
2,130,800
785,753
748,168
587,713
507,451

Longest
Rivers

Length
(miles)
Length
(Km)

Location

Nile
Amazon
Chang Jiang
Mississippi
Yenisey-Angara
4184
4023
3988
3732
3460
6695
6437
6380
5971
5536
Africa
South America
Asia
North America
Asia

Highest
Waterfalls

Height
(feet)

Location

Salto Angel
Tugela
Utigordsfoss
Mongefoss
Mtarazi
3212
2800
2625
2540
2499
Canaima National Park, Venezuela
Natal National Park, South Africa
Norway
Marstein, Norway
Nyanga National Park, Zimbabwe

Highest
Towers

Height
(feet)
Height
(metres)

Location

CN Tower
The Ostankino Tower
Oriental Pearl Tower
John Hancock Center
Empire State Building
1,815
1,771
1,535
1,455
1,454
553.33
540
468
444
443
Toronto Canada
Moscow Russia
Shanghai China
Chicago USA
New York USA


Liquid Measures

20 minims 1 fluid scruple
3 fluid scruples 1 fluid drachm
8 fl.drachms 1 fl.oz
5 fl.oz 1 gill
2 gills 1 cup
2 cups 1 pint
20 fl.oz
2 pints 1 quart
Flaggon
8 pints 1 gallon
2 gallons 1 peck
4.5 gallons 1 pin
8 gallons 1 bushel
9 gallons Firkin
18 gallons Kilderkin
36 gallons Barrel
2 barrels 1 puncheon
54 gallons 1 Hogshead
8 bushels 1 quarter
108 gallons 1 Butt
216 gallons Tun

Bottles

Size

Capacity (litres)

Piccoloquarter bottle0.01875
Split
Demiboitehalf bottle0.0375
Pony
Split
half litre. 500
Standardbottle. 750
Magnum2 bottles1.5
Marie-Jeanne 3 bottles2.25
Jeroboam4 bottles3
Double Magnum (still wine)
Rehoboam6 bottles4.5
Jeroboam (still wine)
Jeroboam6.67 bottles5
Methuselah8 bottles6
Imperial Magnum
Imperial (still wine)
Salmanazar12 bottles9
Balthazar16 bottles12
Nebuchadnezzar20 bottles15
Melchior24 bottles18
Sovereign34 bottles25.5


The Twelve Days of Christmas

1True Love God
2Turtle Doves Old and New Testaments
3French Hens Faith, Hope and Charity
4Calling Birds Four Gospels
5Golden Rings First Five Books of the Old Testament ("Pentateuch")
6Geese A-laying Six days of creation
7Swans A-swimming Seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, the seven sacraments
8Maids A-milking Eight beatitudes
9Ladies Dancing Nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit
10Lords A-leaping Ten commandments
11Pipers Piping Eleven faithful apostles
12Drummers Drumming Twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle's Creed


Santa's Reindeer

Popular
Names
Other
Names
Original
Names
Blitzen Bliksem Blixem
Comet
Cupid
Dancer
Dasher
Donner Donder Dunder
Prancer
Vixen

Rudolph was created in 1939 by Robert L. May who worked for the Montgomery Ward chain of department stores.


Beatrix Potter Characters

Benjamin Bunny Rabbit
Cottontail Rabbit
Flopsy Rabbit
Foxy Whiskered Gentleman Fox
Hunca Munca Mouse
Jemima Puddle-Duck Duck
John Joiner Scotty Dog
Johnny Townmouse Mouse
Kep Collie Dog
Miss Moppet Cat
Mopsy Rabbit
Mr Jeremy Fisher Frog
Mr McGregor Human
Mr Tod Fox
Mr. Piperson Human Farmer
Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle Hedgehog
Old Brown Owl
Old Mr Bouncer Human
Peter Rabbit Rabbit
Pig Wig Pig
Pigling Bland Pig
Samuel Whiskers Rat
Squirrel Nutkin Squirrel
Tailor of Gloucester Mouse
Tom Kitten Cat
Tom Thumb Mouse
Tommy Brock Badger


Gunpowder Plot (Powder Treason)

English Catholics were being persecuted.

Robert Catesby formulated a plan to blow up the King and the House of Lords at the next Opening of Parliament.

They would then seize the young Prince Charles and the Princess Elizabeth and raise a general revolt to return Catholicism to the land.

The conspirators had only to wait for the day of the State Opening of Parliament on November 5th 1605.

On the evening of the 26th October Lord Monteagle received an anonymous letter.

"My lord out of the love i beare to some of youere frends i have a caer of youer preseruacion therfor i would advyse yowe as yowe tender youer lyf to devys some excuse to shift of youer attendance at this parleament for god and man hath concurred to punishe the wickednes of this tyme and think not slightlye of this advertisment but retyre youre self into youre contri wheare yowe may expect the event in safti for thowghe theare be no appearance of anni stir yet i saye they shall receyve a terrible blowe this parleament and yet they shall not seie who hurts them this cowncel is not to be contemned because it may do yowe good and can do yowe no harme for the dangere is passed as soon as yowe have burnt the letter and i hope god will give yowe the grace to mak good use of it to whose holy proteccion i comend yowe."

Lord Monteagle immediately showed the letter to Robert Cecil, the Earl Salisbury of and Secretary of State.

The vaults beneath the Lords was searched on the 4th November.

Ambrose Rokewood

Became a member of the Gunpowder Plot shortly after he was convicted of recusancy in February 1605
His task was to take the news of the firing of the gunpowder to Catesby at Dunchurch
He was one of the last of the conspirators to flee London, remaining behind to gather information until approximately 11am on the 5th November
At Holbeache he was slightly injured by the accidental firing of gunpowder
He was executed on January 31, 1606 in Old Palace Yard at Westminster

Christopher Wright

In 1603 he visited Spain in an attempt to get Philip III to support a Catholic uprising in England
Christopher Wright was shot dead at Holbeache House on November 8th 1605
Wright’s link with Monteagle has led to some believing that he was the betrayer of the others and was shot to keep him silent

Daniel Bate

Humphrey Littleton's servant
He led the authorities to the courtyard behind the house where Littleton and Wintour were found attempting to flee into the woods

Edmund Whitelocke

an English soldier, royal courtier and suspected conspirator
He was suspected of taking part in the Earl of Essex's rebellion
He was imprisoned in the Tower of London for his involvement in the Plot although he was most probably innocent

Sir Everard Digby

He was knighted by King James on April 23, 1603
His involvement was thought to be purely of a fiscal nature
He was the only plotter to plead guilty
30 January 1606, St. Paul's Churchyard, London

Francis Tresham

Cousin to Catesby and the Wintours
He was the last of the conspirators to be initiated into the Gunpowder Plot
Evidence now points to him being the betrayer of the plot with the famous letter to Lord Monteagle
He died in prison

Guy Fawkes

Assumed the identity of John Johnson, a servant of Percy and was entrusted to the care of the tenement which Percy had rented
His task was the firing the powder
His orders were to embark for Flanders as soon as the powder was fired to spread the news of the explosion
Committed Suicide on 31st January 1606, Old Palace Yard, Westminster

Henry Garnet

The principal Jesuit of England who learned of the plot from Oswald Tesimond
His crime was to be the confessor of several members of the Gunpowder Plot
His opposition to the plot did not save him from being executed on 3 May 1606 at St Paul's

Humphrey Littleton

He gave a great deal of assistance to Stephen Littleton and Robert Wintour during their two months of hiding
He bribed one of his tenants near Rowley Regis to hide Stephen and Robert for a while
He also acted as an intermediary between the fugitives and Father Oldcorne during this time
Eventually the fugitives came to Hagley House and were sheltered by Humphrey directly
He tried to bargain for his life with the authorities by revealing the hiding place of the Jesuits Father Edward Oldcorne and Father Henry Garnet
Executed on 7 April 1606 at Red Hill, Worcester

John Fynwood

Humphrey Littleton's cook
Reported the presence of Littleton and Wintour

John Gerard

His sincere devotion and pleasant modest manner was such that he alone of the Jesuit priests remained completely untarnished by the Gunpowder Plot
Became suspicious of the activities of Digby
Once the Plot was discovered, a proclamation was issued against him
he wrote an open letter protesting his innocence and refuting the charges allegedly made against them by Thomas Bates
Escaped to mainland Europe dressed in livery in the entourage of the Ambassadors of Flanders and Spain
Died on 27th July 1637 in Rome

John Grant

Brother-in-law to Robert Wintour
He knew a number of the other plotters from their involvement in the Essex Rebellion
His manor of Norbrook was ideal for storing the weapons required for a rebellion
He was blinded and received severe facial burns during an accident at Holbeach House
Hung, drawn and quartered on 30 January 1606, St. Paul's Churchyard
His estates were forfeited after his execution, but they were reclaimed in 1623 by his son

John Wintour

Half brother of Robert and Thomas and brother in law of Grant
He joined up with the group and accompanied them on the journey which led to Holbeache House
He left Holbeache with his manservant Thomas Edgin, as he no longer trusted Catesby and the other leaders of the Plot
Hung, drawn and quartered on 7th April 1606 at Redhill, Worcester
His body was not put up for public display but allowed to be buried in the chancel of the church at Huddington Court

John Wright

Brother of Christopher
Took part in the failed rebellion by the Earl of Essex
He was given the task of officially telling Guy Fawkes of the conspirators' intentions to blow up the Houses of Parliament
His official position in the conspiracy is somewhat unclear
Mortally wounded at Holbeache House on November 8th 1605

Oswald Tesimond

He knew of the plot from the confessional
It is a near-certainty that the actual plot was divulged by Catesby
informed his Jesuit superior Henry Garnet during confession
His arrest warrant was sworn out on 15 January 1606
He then sailed to Calais among a cargo of dead pigs by passing as the owner of the load
He died in Naples on 23rd August 1636

Robert Catesby

Leader of the plot
Shot dead at Holbeache House on November 8th 1605

Robert Keyes

Related to co-conspirators Ambrose Rokewood, the Wrights and the Wintours
He was in favour of warning the Catholic lords, particularly his employer Lord Mordaunt
He was entrusted with guarding the explosives at Catesby's house in Lambeth
Hung, drawn and quartered on 31 January 1606 in the Old Palace Yard in Westminster

Robert Wintour

Brother of Thomas, brother in law of John Grant
His main contribution was a fiscal one
Also responsible for collecting weapons and prepare horses for use in the uprising which was expected to occur
Escaped from Holbeache House and hid out at Hagley Park, which was occupied at the time by Humphrey Littleton
Hung, drawn and quartered on 30th January 1606, St. Paul's Churchyard, London

Stephen Littleton

Owner of Holbeach House in Staffordshire
Was not considered to be suitable for the principal engineering of the plot
He was among those who received communion at the hands of Father Hammond alias Hart at Huddington Court
Executed in 1606 at Stafford for giving assistance to the conspirators and joining them in open rebellion

Thomas Bates

Bates proved very useful to the conspirators, completely loyal and reliable
He could perform many activities, such as driving around wagons, without attracting suspicion
Hung, drawn and quartered on 30th January1606

Thomas Habington

Brother-in-law of Lord Monteagle
Although Habington had no part in the Plot, he was arrested for concealing traitors
Garnet, Oldcorne and two lay brothers, including Owen were found at Hindlip
Later released owing to the intercession of William Parker (Lord Monteagle)
After his release he was forbidden to leave Worcestershire
Died on 8th October 1647 at Hindlip House, Worcestershire

Thomas Percy

He leased the cellar in which the gunpowder was placed
He was killed instantly by a single shot from the musket of John Streete at Holbeache House on November 8th 1605

Thomas Wintour

Bother of Robert and brother in law of Robert Catesby
He had asked King Philip III of Spain to support a Catholic uprising in England in 1603
He was the inside man, as his brother was in Parliament
Hung, drawn and quartered on 31st January 1606, Old Palace Yard, Westminster

William Parker

11th Baron Morley, 4th Baron Monteagle
Catholic MP
Recipient of the warning letter
Brother-in-law of Francis Tresham
Believed by some to have been a government spy

Sir William Stanley

He was placed under house arrest in Brussels on suspicion after being denounced by Fawkes
There is no direct evidence to connect him with complicity in the Gunpowder Plot
On 30th January 1606, Sir Robert Cecil, the Secretary of State, exonerated him from the charge
It has been theorised that he was prepared to offer information in order to secure his own pardon from the Crown
He spent much of his latter years with the English Carthusians in Ostend, having several times sought in vain to return to England
Died on 3rd March 1630 in Ghent

Father Edward Oldcorne

Executed on 7 April 1606 at Red Hill, Worcester

Mr Thomas Habington

Executed on 7 April 1606 at Red Hill, Worcester

Perkes

A tenant farmer of Ralph Astley called Perkes
Executed on 7 April 1606 at Red Hill, Worcester

Ralph Astley

Executed on 7 April 1606 at Red Hill, Worcester

It has been suggested that Cecil was aware of the plot and even working with Lord Monteagle.

This would enable him to instigate a new purge against British Catholics and sway King James I to become a Protestant monarch.


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