Thursday, 5 November 2009

Remember, remember the 5th of November

...gunpowder treason and plot.

Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators.

The Gunpowder Conspiracy of 1605, as it was then known, (also known as The Powder Treason or The Gunpowder Plot) was a failed assassination attempt by a group of provincial English Catholics against King James I of England and VI of Scotland. The plot intended to kill the King and most of the Protestant aristocracy by blowing up the Houses of Parliament during the State Opening on 5 November 1605. Taken from: Wikipedia

The gunpowder was placed beneath the Houses of Parliament.

Ever since the Gunpowder Plot, the reigning monarch enters the Parliament only once a year, on what is called "the State Opening of Parliament". Prior to the Opening, and according to custom, the Yeomen of the Guard search the cellars of the Palace of Westminster. Today, the Queen and Parliament still observe this tradition. Taken from: Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night.

Guy Fawkes is brought before his intended victim, King James I

Let's hope it's not raining on Saturday when we attend a local bonfire and fireworks night!


  1. Oh wow! How interesting, thanks for sharing. I've heard you mention Guy Fawkes before but couldn't remember his story.

  2. Glad you enjoyed it.

    It's sad to think that terr*rism was rife even in those days gone by. I'm glad the plot was thwarted, although I must say I cringe a bit at the old burning of an effigy, seems a bit gruesome and barbaric to celebrate that aspect of the story.