As James I succeeds to the English throne Catholics are persecuted and forced to worship in secret. Whilst the king seeks not to antagonize Catholic Spain the zealous Lord Cecil and brutal William Wade are more fervent, executing Lady Dorothy Dibdale and the young priest she was hiding, to the horror of her niece Anne Vaux and cousin Robert Catesby. Robert and six friends are jailed for not attending church and on release gathers a gang of plotters to destroy the king and his government whilst Cecil releases convict William Turner to seek out the leading Jesuits Henry Garnet and William Stanley.
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is a direct descendant of Robert Catesby through his mother, whose maiden name was Catesby. His full name is Christopher Catesby Harington. See more
King James is shown using the bathroom in front of his dressers/courtiers. The Monarch ALWAYS did his "business" in private, accompanied only by The Groom of the King's Close Stool, whose job it was to assist the Monarch in the performance of his "business", and personal hygiene. During the reign of James's predecessor, Queen Elizabeth I, The Groom of the King's Close Stool was replaced by the First Lady of the Bedchamber; James revived the office as The Senior Lord of the Bedchamber. See more
It is not practice to take the women.
Sir William Wade
Practice does not fit the times in which we live.