The following is a snippet about the son of Robert Catesby, based on the few facts I have been able to glean about him. The ringleader of the Gunpowder Plot, was a conflicted absent father who had been through the death of his elder son, his wife and his father within a span of about three years.
My father was unable to cope with the idea of loving me. He saw me as being responsible for the death of love, as my mother had suffered complications during my birth and was unable to recover.
He had loved her so completely, that he was unable to find peace in the job of bringing me up and instead sought solace in alcohol and physical exertion. He rejoined the only life that he truly understood, the life of a soldier and left my upbringing in the hands of others.
Copyright Emily Morris 2018