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Remember,remember the fifth of November…

“Remember, remember the fifth of November
The gunpowder treason and plot.
I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.”

November 5th is a day that lives on as a special day around the UK. The anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot is still “celebrated” with folks staying up all night attending bonfire parties and children making Guy Fawkes effigies. Guy Fawkes was a Catholic who- along with confederates- tried to blow up Parliament and King James I. The backlash against Catholics was swift and long lasting. Fawkes suffered the worst possible fate- reserved for the most heinous cases of high treason- “The Four Horrors.”

If you really want to get into the mood you can often watch the evening’s festivities from around the UK at various sites on the internet.

This is a great site for students of all ages and I suggest The Gunpowder Plot by Antonia Fraser (1996) for a great read.

PS:  God Save the Queen!


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