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Faith and Treason: The Story of the Gunpowder Plot by Antonia Fraser Doubleday, 347 pages, $27.95

T he Gunpowder Plot was a foiled attempt by a group of English Catholic aristocrats to blow up Parliament on opening day, November 5, 1605, with King James I presiding. The plotters aim was to ignite a domestic rebellion that would require Spanish intervention to relieve Catholic persecution and restore a Catholic to the throne. Antonia Fraser’s latest popular history is a timely addition to an almost five-hundred-year literary debate, often acrimonious and sectarian, over the events surrounding this conspiracy. John Henry Newman’s Apologia Pro Vita Sua , for example, was called forth by Charles Kingsley’s review of J. A. Froude’s History of England , in which Kingsley had mentioned Newman in association with the Plot, accusing Newman of equivocating while an Anglican, a vice associated with Catholics in England ever since the aftermath of the “Powder Treason.” Through a careful appraisal of the surviving primary sources, Fraser aims for judiciousness and on the whole achieves it. She argues that the historical sources cannot support those Catholic partisans who have maintained that the Plot was a complete fabrication from beginning to end on the part of the government to discredit Catholicism. Indeed, she says it is reasonable to expect that some men will act as these men did under such circumstances. Though she calls the plotters “terrorists” and “not good men,” her final judgment is that they were “brave, but misguided.” Against Protestant partisans, she argues that Lord Salisbury (Robert Cecil) did use the plot to concoct an extravagant propaganda campaign against the Jesuits, who, Fraser maintains, had consistently counseled against rebellion. She is persuasive in piecing together an account of how Cecil, once informed of the plot, set out to stage the subsequent campaign, including the assault on the doctrine of equivocation, which had been used by some scrupulous Catholics as a way to reconcile their faith and their political allegiance. In the end, Fraser’s book is sympathetic to the English Catholics. Her greatest contribution is a compelling and evocative description of the condition of these Catholics under persecution, and how they survived. These “recusants,” as they were called, were Catholics who refused to attend Protestant services as required by Parliaments Act of Uniformity (“one religion in one country”), and who paid enormous fines and suffered great indignities as a result. Great careers were foreclosed to the sons of recusant families and advantageous marriages to their daughters. At first, the penalty was merely social ostracism; later, under King James, the prohibitions were codified. Catholics were forbidden to practice law, to serve as officers in the army and navy, to be executors of wills to minors, to receive university degrees, and to vote. Parliament even considered a bill to make all Catholics wear red hats. Upon his accession, the stated policy of King James was to prevent Catholic principles from having any efficacy within England. Given their minority status this meant wholesale executions were unnecessary, but it did mean policies to prevent any increase in Catholic numbers. To hinder the education of a new generation of Catholics, great care was taken that recusants should be unable to contract their own marriages and baptisms outside the bonds of the state. Furthermore, Catholics were forbidden to have Catholic servants and schoolmasters, and every master had to have a license to teach from the state. Through the suppression of Catholic education, the ultimate political goal was the annihilation of the Catholic religion. The laws with the most severe sanctions were those suppressing the Catholic priesthood: forbidding priests to say Mass, and forbidding communicants to attend it. Laymen were subject to jail and heavy fines and priests to execution, and many priests were martyred as a result—by hanging, drawing (heart and bowels cut out, usually with the subject still conscious), and quartering (limbs cut off), preceded by torture with manacles and the rack if necessary. According to the government, these penalties did not amount to religious persecution, but were justified on grounds of treason. In response to this necessity, English Catholics created a separate, secret world. Some Catholic men contrived to slip between this world and the world of affairs, making their peace with authority for the sake of family or career as a way of surviving (while their wives and children clung to the old Faith in private), only to return to the faith on their deathbed. Others were openly and simply recusant. It was from among this latter group that the great souls emerged, especially from the aristocratic families, and particularly from among the women, to preserve the Faith. Catholicism lived on in secret hiding places constructed inside the country estates of great Catholic families—churches within homes. Here Mass was said and priests were hidden from the government. Here secret seminaries and schools were maintained. Precisely because women lacked legal standing in common law, the state found it very difficult to impose fines upon recusant women. This peculiarity meant that Catholic women who were in charge of large households had a key role to play. Priests would reside in these households, under cover of servant, tutor, or relative, but the safety of everyone and everything depended on the courage and prudence of these women. Two of these great souls were sisters-in-law, Eliza and Anne Vaux. Anne Vaux was the protector and manager of affairs for Father Henry Garnet, Superior of the English Jesuits. After Fr. Garnet was martyred in the aftermath of the Gunpowder Plot, Anne Vaux ran a Jesuit School for Catholic Gentlemen at her mansion near Derby. Eliza Vaux, who harbored Fr. John Gerard before his escape to the continent, was later convicted for refusing to take the Oath of Allegiance and sentenced to life imprisonment. Another heroic soul was Nicholas Owen, a lay brother and commoner, an architect, mason, and carpenter who had a gift for the construction of hiding places, some of which are still being found in our day. William Byrd, the great English composer, wrote his masses for three, four, and five voices to be sung in these hidden rooms with space for only a few at Mass. Owen died while being tortured for the second time, never having revealed the whereabouts of any of his “wordless prayers,” as his work was subsequently called. He was canonized in 1970. Fraser also is interested in evaluating the Plot and the plotters in light of universal precepts. According to her, the plotters justification for violence was necessity in the face of continuous persecution: for “the necessity of Catholics, it needs must be done,” Robin Catesby, the central figure in the plot, is reported to have said. In conversation with Fr. Garnet, Catesby reportedly spoke against the Popes policy of leaving the reconversion of the country to Providence and made the point that “such doctrines of nonresistance took away from Catholics their spirit and energy, leaving them flaccid and poor-spirited.” Catesby questioned “whether any authority on earth could take away from them the right given by nature to defend their own lives from the violence of others.” Upon going to his death, another of the plotters said that it “was better to die than to live in the midst of so much tyranny.” Fraser would argue that such principles require great prudence in the application. Indeed, her account is generally a cautionary tale for those who expect too much from political reform. The conspirators acted only after having been enraged by King James political betrayal in wooing Catholics with pledges of toleration as one part of his campaign to succeed Elizabeth and later reneging and even increasing the persecution. The Plot, in fact, was put on foot at about the same time a bill was introduced in Parliament to class all Catholics as “outlaws.” The conspirators badly misjudged the prospects for popular resistance. Most Catholics in England were disinclined to rebellion, even after being deceived by James, and the Spanish had recently sued for a peace of exhaustion. The Vatican’s policy had softened as well with the peace policy of the two most recent Popes. Even those who know very well not to expect salvation from politics, however, also know that it is essential to Christian life to have a government friendly to the Christian family. St. Augustine, in the end, backs away from the idea that there can be a Christian empire, if for no other reason than that all men will never be Christians. But he knows the importance of having a Christian prince. In this thorny area, it is good to have both the wisdom of serpents and the innocence of doves. At the very least, one must be clear-sighted, and this the conspirators were not. As another reviewer pointed out, their conspiracy never had “a ghost of a chance.” 

Robert Jeffrey is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Dalton College in Dalton, Georgia. 

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Definition of ghost

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Definition of ghost  (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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  • bogie
  • familiar spirit
  • hant [ dialect ]
  • haunt [ chiefly dialect ]
  • materialization
  • fantasm
  • poltergeist
  • spectre

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Noun and Verb

Middle English gost, gast , from Old English gāst ; akin to Old High German geist spirit, Sanskrit heḍa anger

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

circa 1616, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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Cobra is suspected of shooting down an experimental military jet and the Joes must prove if that is true or not.

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"Flint, aren't you overdoing it with the jealousy bit? Just because some guy is friendly with Lady Jay doesn't mean there's anything going on." Flint in a cold, angry voice, "I know what I saw." --- Lift-Ticket and Flint

"What I thought I saw wasn't what I saw." -- Flint

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  • Cobra Commander decides to warn Serpentor of the trap since he does not want Cobra humiliated on live television. His attempts to regain control of Cobra are always done without publicity.
  • Cobra Commander calls the AR-90A “Ghost” bomber/surveillance plane inferior to the Night Raven . However, it is shown to be at least the equal to the Night Raven and may be the cartoon version of the Sky Raven .
  • The B.A.T. (RAH) is slow to respond to the grenade.
  • During broadcast of Twenty Questions , Hector Ramirez listed several of Cobra's failed plans: the invasion of Washington DC, melting the polar ice caps, destroying the world's currency, raiding the Rocky Mountain chemical weapons base, creating a bogus heavy metal band called Cold Slither, staging a telethon, sinking the USS Montana and USS Flagg, and trying to swindle Alaska from the US. Respectively, the episodes referenced by the journalist were the fifth part of " The Invaders " and/or " Arise, Serpentor, Arise! (Part 5) ", " Haul Down the Heavens ", " Money to Burn ", " Twenty Questions ", " Cold Slither ", " Cobrathon ", " Sink the Montana! ", " Computer Complications ", " The Great Alaskan Land Rush ", and several others.
  • In this episode, Dr. Mindbender describes General Hawk as "the man who founded G.I. Joe."
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The Meaning Behind The Song: Ghost of a Chance (Live) by Rush

Whenever I listen to the song “Ghost of a Chance (Live)” by Rush, it takes me on a reflective journey through the choices, connections, and chances we encounter in life. From the album Retrospective 3, released on February 24, 2009, this song beautifully captures the essence of hope, love, and the uncertainty of the future.

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The lyrics of “Ghost of a Chance (Live)” express the belief in the power of love and the possibility of finding lasting connections, despite not believing in destiny or the guiding hand of fate. The song suggests that while we may not have faith in certain external forces, there is still a glimmer of hope – a “ghost of a chance” – that we can come across someone to love and make it last.

The line “Like a million little doorways, all the choices we made” highlights the numerous paths we have taken and the decisions we have made, which have shaped our lives and brought us to where we are today. It acknowledges the multitude of possibilities that we have encountered along the way and the importance of the choices we make.

The metaphor of “tiny moments of truth” and “crossroads through the backstreets of youth” emphasizes the significance of each turning point in our lives. These moments, however brief or insignificant they may seem, can ultimately lead us to encounter others and build meaningful connections.

Furthermore, the lyrics emphasize the idea of finding each other amidst the masquerade of life – the masks we wear and the roles we play. The song celebrates the serendipity of discovering someone who understands us and accepts us for who we truly are, and the determination to make that connection last.

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Personally, “Ghost of a Chance (Live)” resonates with me because it reminds me of the moments when I have stumbled upon unexpected connections and friendships. Like the song suggests, life often takes us in different directions, and it is remarkable when those paths intersect, leading to a lasting bond.

Whenever I hear this song, I am reminded of the leaps of faith we take in reaching out to others and the vulnerability we expose ourselves to in the pursuit of love and meaningful connections. It serves as a gentle reminder that sometimes, against all odds, we may find someone who can make our journey more fulfilling.

With its emotive lyrics, “Ghost of a Chance (Live)” by Rush encapsulates the universal desire to find love and build lasting connections. It reminds us that, despite our doubts or skepticism, there is always a possibility, even if it’s just a ghostly one, to find someone who can make our lives more meaningful and profound. So, let us embrace the opportunities, keep our hearts open, and take chances on love, knowing that there might just be a ghost of a chance for it to last.

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    B: "Ha! There won't be a ghost of a chance of that happening!" See also: chance, ghost, not, of Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved. ghost of a chance even the slightest chance. (Usually negative.) She can't do it. She doesn't have a ghost of a chance. There is just a ghost of a chance that I'll be there on time.

  3. Ghost of a chance Definition & Meaning

    Merriam-Webster unabridged The meaning of GHOST OF A CHANCE is any chance at all. How to use ghost of a chance in a sentence.

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    not have a ˈghost of a chance (of doing something) ( informal) have no chance at all (of doing something): He doesn't have a ghost of a chance of passing the exam this year. The ghost of something is a very small amount that is difficult to see, hear, feel, etc. See also: chance, ghost, have, not, of Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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    not have a ˈghost of a chance (of doing something) ( informal) have no chance at all (of doing something): He doesn't have a ghost of a chance of passing the exam this year. The ghost of something is a very small amount that is difficult to see, hear, feel, etc. See also: chance, ghost, have, not, of Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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    If someone does not stand or does not have a ghost of a chance of doing something, they have very little chance of succeeding in it. [informal] He doesn't stand a ghost of a chance of selling the house. See full dictionary entry for ghost Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner's Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers

  9. (not) a ghost of a chance

    From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English (not) a ghost of a chance not even a slight chance of doing something, or of something happening They don't stand a ghost of a chance of winning. → ghost Examples from the Corpus (not) a ghost of a chance • Is there a ghost of a chance that any of these stories are true?

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    If someone does not stand or does not have a ghost of a chance of doing something, they have very little chance of succeeding in it. [informal] He doesn't stand a ghost of a chance of selling the house. See full dictionary entry for ghost Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner's Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers

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    Not a Ghost of a Chance by Robert Jeffrey | Articles | First Things. Faith and Treason: The Story of the Gunpowder Plot. by Antonia Fraser. Doubleday, 347 pages, $27.95. T he Gunpowder Plot was a foiled attempt by a group of English Catholic aristocrats to blow up Parliament on opening day, November 5, 1605, with King James I presiding. The ...

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    "Ron?" asks Flint. "You mean Major Michaels?" he asks with a heavy emphasis on the Major's rank. "Give me break, Flint. Ron and I went to flight school together." "Yeah, yeah, I know. We're just good friends ," Flint replies. The Joes arrive at the scene in their Conquests X-30 and immediately attack several Cobra Night Ravens.

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