Remember, remember, the fifth of November…

Do you recognise this nursery rhyme?

Remember, remeber

the fifth of November,

the gunpowder treason and plot.

We see no reason

Why gunpowder treason

Should ever be forgot.

Knock at the door

Ring the bell

Have you got a penny for sining so well?

If you haven’t got a penny

A half penny will do

If you haven’t got a half penny

Then God bless you!!

 

Yesterday was Guy Fawkes Day or Bonfire Night. Here you can find some information about who Guy Fawkes was and what he intended to do on the 5th November 1605.

The origin of this custom lies in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. In that year King James I was on the throne. Harsh measures had been taken against members of the Royal Catholic faith and certain Catholics plotted to blow up the Houses of Parliament on November 5th, when the king was to open Parliament and when, of course, all the members would be present. The plotters had hired premises adjoining the House of Lords and had stored thirty-six barrels of gunpowder. These were to be blown up, when the time came, by a very brave, cool-headed man, Guy Fawkes. Unfortunately, according to the traditional account, the plot was discovered when one of the plotters wrote to warn a relation. On November 4th the vaults were searched, and Guy Fawkes was found and arrested. It is said that he had been warned that the plot had been discovered, but he gallantly persisted in his purpose, hoping against hope that he might be favoured by chance and be able to rid his country of men whom he considered evil. He was condemned to be hanged, along with others of his fellow-conspirators. He met his death with great fortitude.

Here you can find more information about this British festivity:

Did you know that the character V for Vendetta was inspired in Guy Fawkes? Watch the opening scene of the film and you’ll realise how Evey (one of the main characters) marks that relationship between both. In fact, the mask that V uses represents Guy Fawkes’ face.

 

 

 

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