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Gunpowder, Treason & Plot (5th November)

Discussion in 'Random Discussion' started by SKB, Nov 5, 2017.

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Do you celebrate the 5th of November?

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  1. SKB

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    ^ Bonfire Night celebrations in Lewes, England.

    Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Bonfire Night and Firework Night, is an annual commemoration observed on 5 November, primarily in the United Kingdom.

    Its history began on the night of 4th November 1605, close to midnight. A Catholic explosives expert named Guido "Guy" Fawkes, was arrested after he was discovered guarding 36 barrels of gunpowder weighing over a tonne, which he and his co-conspirators had gradually accumulated and hidden beneath the House Of Lords chamber in Westminster.

    It had been the intention of the Catholic conspirators lead by Robert Catesby to blow up the protestant King and most of Englands ruling classes and clergy during the State Opening Of Parliament ceremony, scheduled for the 5th November 1605. But someone anonymous notified a Lord to stay away from Parliament on the 5th November by writing an unsigned warning notice. The notice was immediately taken to the authorities and a search was conducted. Guy Fawkes was caught red handed preparing the gunpowder.

    The captured Fawkes identified himself as "John Johnson" and was taken to the Tower Of London for personal questioning by King James I himself. After he recieved no confession from Fawkes, the King ordered Fawkes' torture to extract more information.

    The news reached the public the next morning and after realising that King James I had survived the attempt on his life, people around London and the surrounding regions lit bonfires on the night of the 5th November in celebration. This later became a nationwide annual public day of thanksgiving for the plot's failure and avoiding a constitutional succession crisis and 5th November became an annual celebration and commemoration.

    Bonfire Night is still observed in the United Kingdom today as an unofficial holiday, with the lighting of bonfires and fireworks. Burning an effigy of Guy Fawkes, known as a "Guy" on the bonfire, is also traditional.

    The "Guy" was traditionally made by children weeks before 5th November and used to 'encourage' people to donate money for the child's personal or group Bonfire Night celebrations. The child would take their Guy to a busy public area and exhibit it, (such as a shopping district) and ask passersby "Penny for the Guy?" to encourage a cash donation to fund the purchase of fireworks. The Guy would later be burned on their 5th November bonfire and fireworks would be let off.

    In more recent times, the history and imagery of Bonfire Night has been hijacked and misused by the media, especially by the "Anonymous" and "Million Masks" activism groups for their own purposes. Guy Fawkes masks have never been a part of traditional Bonfire Night celebrations and were an invention for the 2005 release of the "V For Vendetta" film, which has a similar storyline theme, heavily influenced by the events of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.

    The video below is a factually correct historical docu-drama of the Gunpowder Plot and was made in 2001.

     
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    In my mind, this sounds very ... british :D
     
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    That is very interesting to know, it makes me abhor the media even more. I'll put that doc on my watch later list.
     
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