‘Remember, remember, the Fifth of November, the Gunpowder Treason and Plot. I know of no reason why the Gunpowder Treason should ever be forgot…’
Today is 5th November. People in England celebrate Guy Fawkes’ Night or the Gunpowder Plot. What do you know about this festivity?
In 1605 a group of plotters commanded by Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the Parliament and kill the King. They were not successful. They were arrested, tortured and put to death. Since then, people celebrate the failed attempt every day making bonfires, watching fireworks, eating jacket potatoes, sausages or marshmallows. They roast the sausages and marshmallows in the bonfires and they taste delicious. People also make an effigy of Guy Fawkes (called ‘The Guy’) and burn it in the bonfire.
If you want to know more about who Guy Fawkes was and what the plotters wanted to do, you can visit the following links (remember to be critical and analyze different sources):
- The Gunpowder Plot I (The Historical Learning Website);
- The Gunpowder Plot II (The Gunpowder Plot Society);
- The Gunpowder Plot III (Wikipedia);
- A BBC documentary in six parts on the Gunpowder Plot is available here.
Once you have read the info and watched the videos, you might want to try this game and see if you can stop the plot and save the King and the Parliament.