Little bit different post- but if you like reading, there is quite a good book called the "Gunpowder Plot" - mostly covers the politics and social history (rathee than eg the technical side of "how would 36 barrels going off affected the king..." ) But is a good historical narrative. History book in a more traditional way- I have read a few recently about the SAS (The Italian Job) and World War One which (SAS) seem to go for a "heros and villains" approach, and the WW1 stuff tends be quite emotive. Like all the pilots that got shot down so quickly. Gunpowder plot was much further back of course, but still is a good sort of non-emotional look at events. That said, there was a fatalism/fanaticism about the plotters, which is not unlike certain groups today . Interesting!