The Gunpowder Plot of 1605.
The gunpowder plot of 1605
The gunpowder plot of 1605 was instigated by a band of rogue catholics in a bid to blow up James I. In England this day is commemorated with bonfires and by burning a Guy. Guy Fawkes, the explosives expert of the gang.
James I had ordered the removal of all the catholic priests which caused an uprising so some catholics decided to to kill him and blow up the Houses of Parliament.
The plotters managed to rent a house opposite the Houses of Parliament and hid 36 barrels of gunpowder in the cellar of the house of Lords. Hence the name of the gunpowder plot.
There was said to be 12 members of the gang but Guy Fawkes was left to take the rap as he was caught lighting the fuse to the gunpowder when guards had gone to check the cellars.
Fawkes was taken to the bloody tower of London where he was subjected to torture until he revealed the names of his co conspirators
In recognition of his capture James I suggested everybody have a Bonfire night and burn efigy's on the top of Mr Fawkes. This has been commemorated ever since.
There are many conspiracy theories as to why and who originally orchestrated this crime. One of which was a government backed scheme to convince James I that Catholics could not be trusted.
All of the perpetrators met with a sticky end either being shot imprisoned and finally hung as did Fawkes.
Was it a conspiracy or just a radical plan which eventually went wrong?
Alas we will never know.
Enjoy the fireworks on the 5th November and stay safe.
Fawkes was finally hung drawn and quartered in January 1605.
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The Gunpowder Plot
Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder,treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.