The Gunpowder Plot in Early Modern German Texts

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Abstract

News of the Gunpowder Plot of November 1605 quickly reached continental Europe. In German lands accounts appeared in news booklets by the end of the year, and the conspiracy was soon so notorious that it merited whole publications. But as the English government’s construction of events began to shift, so the German accounts became embedded in a staunchly anti-Jesuit narrative. The article traces this development in German seventeenth-century texts, from the early news booklets through confessionally motivated polemical texts to travelogues, and places the interest in the Powder Treason within a wider context of German fascination with Stuart Britain.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)434-455
JournalModern Language Review
Volume117
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2022

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