The fifth of November – Gunpowder, Treason and Plot. I see no reason why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot.
We head off to York tonight for a weekend of fun in the rain. We chose the location as it is supposed to be the most haunted town in Britain, not even taking into account its history relating to Guy Fawkes.
With bonfire night tomorrow we will be sure to visit some of the places associated with the famous traitor who was born in the city.
In 1605, having fought in the eighty year war on the continent, the converted catholic returned home with a new agenda. Having been introduced to Thomas Wintour and Robert Catesby, he joined the plot to assassinate the protestant king, King James I and restore a catholic monarch to the throne.
Guy Fawkes was left in charge of the gunpowder which they had stashed beneath the House of Lords and on 5th November during a routine inspection of the building, Fawkes was caught red-handed. He was sentenced to be hung drawn and quartered but managed to jump from the gallows breaking his neck to avoid the rest of his horrific punishment.
From 1606 onwards 5th November has always been used to celebrate the failure of the gunpowder plot.
Enjoy the bonfires, fireworks and burning Guys.