Saturday, January 6, 2018
I binge-watched the recent HBO / BBC series, "Gunpowder," and enjoyed it. There are some liberties taken in terms of history but I'll confess to being (pleasantly) surprised that the "Catholic side" of those times comes off as well as it does. There are some pretty graphic torture scenes (drawing-and-quartering, burning (in Spain), and peine forte e dure -- in a scene borrowed anachronistically from the martyrdom of Margaret Clitherow). The main characters (Cecil, Vaux, Garnet, Catesby) are well-cast.