Thursday, November 05, 2009

book of seasons: Guy Fawkes Day

Guy Fawkes was an English Catholic who was part of a group who, on November 5, 1605, attempted to stop the English persecutions of Catholics by killing the king and most of the aristocracy. The plan was to blow up the House of Lords during the opening ceremonies. Fawkes and his co-conspirators stuffed a cellar below the House of Lords with 1,800 pounds of gunpowder, but apparently one or more of the co-conspirators felt a little guilty about blowing up the Catholic members of Parliament. An anonymous letter was sent to one member, who notified the king.

The plot was a blazing failure, since Fawkes was then discovered in the cellar with the gunpowder. Fawkes' end was typical of treasoners at the time: he was hanged, drawn and quartered. Meanwhile, Londoners were encouraged to light bonfires to celebrate the king's escape from assassination.

Today, enjoy a bonfire, light a candle, read a little something on English history or current English politics. Just don't blow up any members of Parliament.

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