Guy Fawkes And The Gunpowder Plot

Unless you live in England, you probably don’t know that this is a historic day! On November 5th, England celebrates a holiday called “Guy Fawkes Day” celebrating the foiled plot of Guy Fawkes for trying to blow up parliament on November 5th, 1605. Guy Fawkes was only one of 13 conspirators plotting to kill King James I and put his daughter, Elizabeth in power. The plan was to roll barrels of gunpowder into a cellar below parliament, wait for parliament to open and then light the powder and kill the king and many important political figures. Guy Fawkes had training as a soldier and was assigned to look after the gunpowder. Parliament opened later that year since there was a plague outbreak in the summer. The plan was flawless, except another man in the plot wrote a letter to his brother in law in parliament warning him not to go there. King James found out about the letter and investigated to see if there was any danger. He had the building searched but found nothing except Guy Fawkes in the basement. They thought nothing of it and went on their way. Later on, the king decided to search again and found the barrels of gunpowder. Guy Fawkes was arrested and tortured to get the other plotter’s names. He broke and confessed, and the other plotters were hunted down and it ended in a big shootout. Guy was sentenced to be hung, drawn and quartered for high treason. He and the other plotters corpses were displayed to serve as a warning to others.

The significance of it was that Guy Fawkes and the others were Catholics, trying to put a more Catholic sympathizer in power as king James was harsh on Catholics. Tensions between Catholics and Protestants in England at the time was high. Fear of “Catholic Plots” was a real fear in those days, much as terrorist plots today! Indeed, it would’ve been like 9/11 today if it had succeeded. I wonder if we would have a 9/11 day if that plot was foiled as well…

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One Response to Guy Fawkes And The Gunpowder Plot

  1. Retrojackie says:

    Hi Julia! I enjoyed this article! It is very informative!

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