the 5th of November
Gunpowder Treason and Plot
Although Jules is probably the only one of my readers who will know what I am talking about as this is English History.
Guido or Guy Fawkes was born in 1570, his father was a Protestant but his Mother a Catholic.
He really is remembered for his part in The Gunpowder Plot. This was a group of men who plotted to assassinate King James I, a Protestant. By blowing up Parliament.
Guy was assigned the job of guarding the gunpowder hidden under the House of Lords.
The group plotted to assassinate King James I, a Protestant, and bring a Catholic back to the throne. This group kept a store of gunpowder underneath the House of Lords, and when the police showed up to investigate they found Fawkes guarding said gunpowder. He was tortured confessing and giving the names of the other men in the group,
When I was young ...... on the 5th November there would be bonfires and fireworks. These were not the marvellous affairs seen to celebrate the New Year. But we marvelled and oooed and arrrred at Catherine Wheels, Sparklers, Bangers and a few more I cant remember the names of.
Another chant we kids had was
Guy Fawkes Guy
Hit him in the eye
Hang him on the lamppost and
there let him die.
Like most popular villains and martyrs through the telling and years they take on magical myths, But for me the 5th November has many many happy memories. But then I didn't live in 1605.