Thursday, 15 November 2012

Guy Fawkes

Please Remember the 5th of November.
Gunpowder, Treason and Plot.
I see no reason why Gunpowder and Treason,  should ever be forgot.

Do you remember this?

Guy Fawkes was born in York on 13th of April 1570.
He died on the 31st of January 1606.
His name became synonymous with bonfire night.

He lived a chequered life and was a capable soldier, leaving  England to join the war in Spain.
On his return he got himself involved with some conspirators,
Who's aim was to blow up the king, and the house's of Parliament by placing Gunpowder under the building.
Unfortunately for them! King James got wind of their plans and took steps to foil them.
Big steps as it happens?
Guy Fawkes was captured and taken to the "Tower of London" for interrogation by the kings men! on the 7th of November.
On the 8th of November he gave up the names of his other 12 conspirators and said their intention was to place the King's daughter Princess Elizabeth on the throne.

Lord Chief Justice Sir John Popham said "that each man condemned would be put to death by hanging, firstly they would have their Genitals cut off and burned before their eyes and their Bowels and Hearts cut out and after hanging they would be drawn and Quartered  and not forgetting the decapitation"!
Their deaths were to be between "Heaven and Hell" as they were considered unworthy of of either.

After about a 3 day trial the Attorney General Sir Edward Coke?
declared them all Guilty.
All of his fellow conspirators were hung drawn and quartered.

But our old mate "Guy Fawkes" Jumped from the Gallows killing himself, but that never got him off the hook! they still hung him, quartered him and left his remains for the crows.

What comes out of all of this wee story, for me is! what ever you do. "Don't upset the King".

Now how much truth is there in this story? I wouldn't think a lot? history was written by the Kings men? and from my present day experience!  not a lot of truth comes out of the houses of Parliament,
So you be your own judge?
I'll leave you with this little saying.

It's said : "Guy Fawkes" is sometimes toasted as the last man to enter Parliament with honest intentions.!

Listen to your inner voice. That statement above has got to be the truth!



  1. Very interesting. I enjoyed reading this.

  2. In London they still have little boys collecting "money for the Guy mister" with their guys on a push chair or something like it, I like to think the memory goes on. be well. Agman


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