Proof that I was there
Everything I am
going to tell you is one of England's top secrets. The kind that you can never
find out about even after 150 or apparently even 400 years, so I am going to
have to tell you the truth myself.
This information shows that I not only recall memories from 400 years ago but also
that I had access to information that only a very few high government officials had access to.
else alive knows this information. I know this as an almost certainty
since due to the importance of the agents that were used the
information was kept secret and only about ten people knew it.
There was only one reason I knew all about the Gun Powder Plot. It's
that I was involved as an agent and I was right in the middle of
whisky soaked plot. The fact that I was married to the man who ran
most of England's government including her international spy network
not play into my knowledge of what happened and neither did the fact
that I had previously been in charge of domestic intelligence
when I was in the court of Queen Elizabeth (and for a while afterwards
too). Need to know would have prevented me from learning this much
about the Gunpowder plot. I know about it because I went undercover and
acted as the 17th century equivalent of a gun moll (like Bonnie of
Bonnie and Clyde).
Although maybe only four people ever knew all the following information
it's pretty easy for anyone to prove who wants to (or to produce one of the best possible graduate thesis's).
Nobody in the English Government knew what the conspirators intended to do before we
took over the entire Gunpowder Plot. Also, only a few people at the top of the
government knew what was done in response to the plotters original plans.
The plans they had before we took it over was to cave in the buildings from
the outside using the gunpowder loaded in carts and wagons.
greater detail, what the Spanish agents intended to do was to put mainly wagons filled
the gunpowder in between or on the
back sides of the buildings while the government was in session. The above
painting was made in 1585 and it is fairly accurate (though the land was very
rarely that green) and as you can tell there are lots of places around
the main buildings for Gunpowder laden carts and wagons.
were going to set them all off at the same time or in very rapid sequence so the walls would cave
in on all the buildings at once. That would kill everyone in them. Those buildings were thin wall, mostly Gothic, with flying butresses.
Though they could sustain a heavy weight from above, any force from the
side (lateral) could easily collapse them. They were only
a foot thick and up to 60 feet high. All that was needed to collapse
them was to explode a moderate amount of gunpowder on one side. If
even a small part of one wall of those kinds of buildings collapsed then all the walls would automatically fall in like a house of cards.
All of the buildings would have gone down except
possibly the house of commons which was in a location that was hard to
get gunpowder near. All the rest of the government from the King and Parliament to everyone else
would have been smashed flat and obviously that would have destroyed the
government. See the map.
It could have been done in two days and it would have worked magnificently. So
Guy had to first talk them into putting all the gunpowder in one cellar
and by doing that we were able to drag out the operation for
almost two years until we had drawn in and caught almost every foreign spy in
England and a few others that were sent special by the Spanish.
After the Gunpowder Plot something had to be done to prevent it from
ever happening again. So when the government was out of session workmen
(Kings guards out
of uniform) would block off the walls from view and for four months pretend to repair
them. They would add a foot or so of thickness to the wall and then add
a smaller window. Then they would
spend a month moving paths, bushes and even trees away from the
buildings to compensate for the
added thickness of the wall.
Then they repeated the whole process again and again over about a six
to ten year period until the walls were at least eight feet thick and impervious to explosives. It always amazed me that
nobody ever seemed to notice that the walls kept getting thicker and
thicker while the paths between the buildings kept getting narrower and narrower.
remember that the west wall of the Queens chamber,
which is where Parliament later met, was only about a foot thick and was very weak. I
was facing a path. A wagon full of gunpowder could have been set off
there and the whole building would have caved in. I recall that whenever I was in that building I always
looked out side through the windows about every half hour.
Making the walls thicker was a
state secret of the highest importance so all references to the change
was crushed and all the secret records were probably destroyed in the
1800's fire that did in everything in Westminster. So there is probably
person alive that knows this happened but it is very easy to prove to
anyone with a brain.
Notice how the windows covered more than half the buildings.
Compare the same windows to how small they became after the Gunpowder Plot.
This is after they added on more to the 'Queen's chamber' and most other buildings but I have outlined the original structure. As you can see that the
windows shrank to these little tiny things in less than a dozen years.
Nobody noticed it though. I don't think that there are any references to
it. They just shrank and shrank and nobody knows why or when. The why is the
Gunpowder Plot and the when is right after it.
Two hundred years later when they tore down the Queen's Chamber
they dismanttled it one brick at a time starting from the outside and
working inward. In the painting to the left you can clearly see the outline of one
of the old windows all bricked in. (For reference I've indicated the same doorway on both paintings.)*
'blueprint' on the right you can see where the large windows were to begin with and their smaller
replacements as the walls were thickened. These last two pictures are also from Parliament's official Gunpowder Plot Website.
They also raised
the lower windows as they made them smaller so
that the bottoms of the windows were at least ten feet up. That was so
that nobody, especially an assassin, could look directly inside
through the windows at the Lords that were inside and then shoot at them.
Earlier, before the advent of firearms arrows would never have
penetrated the windows but the new muskets could. Also, with the higher windows any gunpowder
blast would only blow in the window and be deflected upwards towards
the ceiling. The lords would not be killed by the blast or the shattering glass.
|Before all this, when I first joined the court of Queen Elizabeth, this
was the same big room she held her court in. My male friends from the
stage who played the women's parts would gather outside dressed up in their best dresses. Usually from one
of the fancy Italian productions. Then outside the big windows (when
they were open) they would mime and mock me obscenely while they
pranced back and forth pretending they were me, then when they had a
lot of people's attention they would flip open their tops like the French courtesans were known to do in order to attract men. These
were the very best male actors in England so it had an incredibly
devastating effect on everyone but especially on me.
Of course it
was behind the queen so she could not see them but everyone else
could. It horrified me beyond belief since they wore lots of make up so
that they could not be identified and would have just run off if the
queen had seen them. That would have left me looking like even a bigger
fool than their parody just had. It horrified me totally.
finished with the reinovations of the buildings, the strangest thing
was that you did
not notice that there was less light since your eyes got used to it.
However, you did notice that the smaller windows let in far less noise
you could hear speakers all the time which you could not before. Also
due to those thick walls and lack of air circulation it stayed damp in teh buildings all the time.
On to (or back to) the Gunpowder Plot.
*The only thing
that I have no way of knowing, so I can't explain it, is when and why they
fully eliminated the small windows and bricked in the wall all the way across (or
else left the windows and bricked in behind them).
It was probably to avoid a bombardment from the Thames by either the French or the Spanish.
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