Guy Fawkes

November 05, 2007
by findingDulcinea Staff
He was a Catholic conspirator fed up with the oppressive rule of the Anglican-controlled government. On November 5, 1605, he and several other scheming friends attempted to blow up London Parliament with 36 barrels of gunpowder...

Centuries Back

But this motley group of fireworks enthusiasts, attempting to revive Catholicism, didn't succeed in their plan. They were sent to trial, hanged, drawn, and quartered, and ever since, the 5th of November has been celebrated in Britain with fireworks, bonfires, and general glee at the memory of the foiled “Gunpowder Plot.”

Moratorium on the Memento Mori

You can watch the video by heading to this page and clicking on the video on the top right (the video launches in a pop-up).

Verbal Ancestry

Etched in Time

Kind of Death?

While the official deaths of the criminals are still speculated, Parliament suspects that the men were “probably subjected to extensive torture, which formed part of the punishment for treason at the time.” Read more here.

Head to the Parliament’s interactive feature on the Plot for a multimedia-based education on the surrounding events.

Modern Plot Twist

Lending a little modern meaning to 400-year-old lore, the film V for Vendetta, produced by the Wachowski brothers of The Matrix fame, is about a martyr in an apocalyptic England who fashions himself after Guy Fawkes. Read about the movie at the All Movie Guide, or watch the trailer at Apple Trailers.

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