God's Secret Agents: Queen Elizabeth's Forbidden Priests and the Hatching of the Gunpower Plot

Paperback | June 13, 2006

byAlice Hogge

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One evening in 1588, just weeks after the defeat of the Spanish Armada, two young men landed in secret on a beach in Norfolk, England. They were Jesuit priests, Englishmen, and their aim was to achieve by force of argument what the Armada had failed to do by force of arms: return England to the Catholic Church.

Eighteen years later their mission would be shattered by the actions of the Gunpowder Plotters -- a small group of terrorists who famously tried to destroy the Houses of Parliament -- for the Jesuits were accused of having designed "that most horrid and hellish conspiracy."

Alice Hogge follows "God's secret agents" from their schooling on the Continent, through their perilous return journeys and lonely lives in hiding, to, ultimately, the gallows. She offers a remarkable true account of faith, duty, intolerance, and martyrdom -- the unforgettable story of men who would die for a cause undone by men who would kill for it.

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One evening in 1588, just weeks after the defeat of the Spanish Armada, two young men landed in secret on a beach in Norfolk, England. They were Jesuit priests, Englishmen, and their aim was to achieve by force of argument what the Armada had failed to do by force of arms: return England to the Catholic Church.Eighteen years later thei...

Alice Hogge was educated at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. She lives in London. This is her first book.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:488 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.11 inPublished:June 13, 2006Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060542284

ISBN - 13:9780060542283

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“Excellently researched and beautifully written.”