Garnett, Henry

Garnett or Garnet, Henry

(gär`nət), 1555?–1606, English Jesuit. He was converted to Roman Catholicism and in 1575 became a Jesuit. After some years on the Continent he returned as a missionary to England (1586) and became superior of the English Jesuits. He is principally remembered as one of the priests accused of taking part in the Gunpowder PlotGunpowder Plot,
conspiracy to blow up the English Parliament and King James I on Nov. 5, 1605, the day set for the king to open Parliament. It was intended to be the beginning of a great uprising of English Catholics, who were distressed by the increased severity of penal laws
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. Garnett admitted to knowledge of the plot as confessor to two of the conspirators, was convicted of treason on confusing evidence, and was executed.
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See generally Garnett, Henry Adams" s Soul, supra note *
Garnett, Henry Adams's Soul, supra note *, at 1853-54.
1841 (2001) [hereinafter Garnett, Henry Adams's Soul].