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Today in History: The Gunpowder Plot

Posted by Gilbert Stack on November 6, 2018 at 5:05 AM

On this day (November 5) in 1605 the Gunpowder Plot failed to blow up the English House of Lords and King James I. The plotters were Catholics who had given up hoping that James would extend toleration to them in England and decided to start a Midlands revolt which they hoped would put nine year old Princess Elizabeth on the throne as a Catholic monarch. Today, the most famous of the plotters is Guy Fawkes, after whom, Guy Fawkes Day is named, and who’s memory played a prominent role in the graphic novel and movie, V for Vendetta.


An anonymous letter betrayed the conspirators so that Fawkes was caught with thirty-six barrels of gunpowder in the undercroft (a sort of basement) beneath the meeting room of the House of Lords. It proved too difficult for him to explain what he was doing with all of this gunpowder and he was arrested. He and seven other surviving conspirators were hanged, drawn and quartered.


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