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Log in using your social network account. Please enter a valid password. In , when Guy was eight years old, his father died. Fawkes may have become a Catholic through the Baynbrigge family's recusant tendencies, and also the Catholic branches of the Pulleyn and Percy families of Scotton, [8] but also from his time at St. Peter's School in York.

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In her work The Pulleynes of Yorkshire , author Catharine Pullein suggested that Fawkes's Catholic education came from his Harrington relatives, who were known for harbouring priests, one of whom later accompanied Fawkes to Flanders in — In October Fawkes sold the estate in Clifton in York that he had inherited from his father.

Although England was not by then engaged in land operations against Spain, the two countries were still at war , and the Spanish Armada of was only five years in the past. He joined Sir William Stanley , an English Catholic and veteran commander in his mid-fifties who had raised an army in Ireland to fight in Leicester's expedition to the Netherlands. Stanley had been held in high regard by Elizabeth I , but following his surrender of Deventer to the Spanish in he, and most of his troops, had switched sides to serve Spain.

He used the occasion to adopt the Italian version of his name, Guido, and in his memorandum described James I who became king of England that year as "a heretic", who intended "to have all of the Papist sect driven out of England. In Fawkes became involved with a small group of English Catholics, led by Robert Catesby , who planned to assassinate the Protestant King James and replace him with his daughter, third in the line of succession, Princess Elizabeth.

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Tesimond also claimed Fawkes was "a man highly skilled in matters of war", and that it was this mixture of piety and professionalism that endeared him to his fellow conspirators. The first meeting of the five central conspirators took place on Sunday 20 May , at an inn called the Duck and Drake, in the fashionable Strand district of London. Wintour, who at first objected to the plan, was convinced by Catesby to travel to the continent to seek help.

Owen did, however, introduce Wintour to Fawkes, who had by then been away from England for many years, and thus was largely unknown in the country. Wintour and Fawkes were contemporaries; each was militant, and had first-hand experience of the unwillingness of the Spaniards to help. Wintour told Fawkes of their plan to "doe some whatt in Ingland if the pece with Spaine healped us nott", [3] and thus in April the two men returned to England. Fawkes was installed as a caretaker and began using the pseudonym John Johnson, servant to Percy. They ceased their efforts when, during tunnelling, they heard a noise from above.

Fawkes was sent out to investigate, and returned with the news that the tenant's widow was clearing out a nearby undercroft , directly beneath the House of Lords. The plotters purchased the lease to the room, which also belonged to John Whynniard. Unused and filthy, it was considered an ideal hiding place for the gunpowder the plotters planned to store. In an attempt to gain foreign support, in May Fawkes travelled overseas and informed Hugh Owen of the plotters' plan. One of these spies, Captain William Turner, may have been responsible. Although the information he provided to Salisbury usually amounted to no more than a vague pattern of invasion reports, and included nothing which regarded the Gunpowder Plot, on 21 April he told how Fawkes was to be brought by Tesimond to England.

Fawkes was a well-known Flemish mercenary, and would be introduced to "Mr Catesby" and "honourable friends of the nobility and others who would have arms and horses in readiness". It is uncertain when Fawkes returned to England, but he was back in London by late August , when he and Wintour discovered that the gunpowder stored in the undercroft had decayed. More gunpowder was brought into the room, along with firewood to conceal it.