November 5th 1605 and Guy Fawkes was deep below the House of Lords and preparing one of the most daring plots against the English monarch in history. The Protestant King James was the target for a small group of English Catholics who opposed his rule. Guy Fawkes and his friends planned to blow up the House of Lords, and with his military knowledge; Guy Fawkes was given the task of starting the explosion. Yet the plan was to be discovered and Guy Fawkes captured when a secret letter was sent to Parliament warning them of the plan. A search of the cellars on the night of November 4th led to Guy Fawkes arrest and he was sentenced to death for his part in the plot, highlighting the seriousness of the crime.
So tomorrow, November 5th 2011, the people of England will take part in a yearly celebration that started in the days after the plot; people lit bonfires across the country celebrating that King James had survived. This has led to bonfires across the country every year on November 5th, with huge fireworks displays at social gatherings, marking this important day in history.
Remember, remember, the 5th of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot…