Monday, 5 November 2012

Remember, Remember the 5th of November...

...the gunpowder treason and plot!

On this day in 1605, the gunpowder plot was foiled when authorities found Guy Fawkes guarding 36 barrels of gunpowder under parliament. The catholic conspirators planned to assassinate the protestant King James I as he gave a speech by blowing up the palace.
To celebrate the safe deliverance of the king, crowds in London started bonfires, a tradition which continues to this day as "Bonfire Night"/ "Guy Fawkes Day". Ironically, the celebrations usually involve fireworks which...blow up.

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