Monday, November 5, 2007

Remember, Remember, the Fifth of November!

If we were in England right now, we would be watching illegal fireworks from the pub window. Why, you ask? It is November 5th! The day that Guy Fawkes tried to blow up Parliament and usurp the Protestant ruling powers! In 1605, Fawkes along with a team of English Roman Catholic conspirators, concocted the Gunpowder Plot to kill King James I and the Protestant aristocracy by blowing up the houses of Parliament. While the plan was foiled and Fawkes consequently arrested, tortured, and hanged, the plot and Fawkes live on as revered legends. Had it been successful, the plot could have been one of the most devastating and violent blows to a majority ruling party. And for that, modern Brits stand up, light some fireworks, and give a hearty toast to the man that almost killed the king.
“Remember, remember the fifth of November,
The gunpowder, treason and plot,
I know of no reason
Why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_fawkes

Check out http://www.parliament.uk/gunpowderplot/adults_index.htm for more information about Fawkes and the Gunpowder plot.