History of Guy Fawkes

2016-11-02 06:00
Guy Fawkes history goes back to 1605.

Guy Fawkes history goes back to 1605.

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MORE than 500 years ago a plot was hatched by Guy Fawkes and 12 mates to blow up King James 1 of England­ when he opened Parliament on 5 November, 1605.
But the plot blew up in their faces when Guy Fawkes was discovered in the cellars next to 34 barrels of gunpowder.
To celebrate the king’s escape Londoners lit bonfires to celebrate and over the years fireworks became a feature of these celebrations.
At that time,
traitors, such as Guy Fawkes, were hung drawn and quartered, but it is alleged that Guy Fawkes jumped to his death to escape this grisly punishment, however, his body was eventually quartered and “sent to the four corners of the kingdom” as a warning to others.

Although regarded as one of Britain’s most
notorious villains, Guy Fawkes
actually has an island named after him.
To the north-west of Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos Islands, a collection of two uninhabited, crescent-shaped islands is named Isla Guy Fawkes.

To this day, before the annual state opening of British parliament, the Yeomen of the Guard search the Houses of Parliament to make sure there are no would-be conspirators hiding in the cellars.
This has become more of a tradition than a serious anti-terrorist precaution.

Although very few people nowadays are aware of the gunpowder plot, the day is still acknowledged throughout the world by the lighting of fireworks.

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