Set during the early 17th century, the HBO mini-series revolves around British activist Guy Fawkes (Tom Cullen) and a group of provincial English Catholics. Their plan is to blow up the House of Lords and kill King James I (Derek Riddell).
Harington, better known for playing Jon Snow on the HBO series “Game of Thrones,” is Robert Catesby. The real-life Oxford educated Robert Catesby, born Warwickshire, England c. 1572, was a leader of a group of provincial English Catholics who planned the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605.
In 1604, Catesby successfully recruited several Catholics to his cause. This included but was not limited to Thomas Wintour, John “Jack” Wright, Christopher “Kit” Wright, Thomas Percy, and Guy Fawkes. Playing these historical figures in the HBO mini-series are Edward Holcroft, Luke Neal, Matthew Neal, Daniel West and Cullen, respectively.
After the groups failed attempt to blow up the House of Lords and kill James I, with significantly diminished followers, Catesby took a last stand at Holbeche House in Staffordshire.
Catesby was shot and later found dead. As a warning to others, Catesby’s body was exhumed and subsequently decapitated. His head exhibited outside Parliament.