Guy Fawke’s Night in England

By Viator, September 2012

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“Remember, remember the fifth of November. Gunpowder, treason and plot. I see no reason, why gunpowder treason, should ever be forgot.” So goes the famous British rhyme, a reminder of the fateful night back in 1605 when Guy Fawkes and a team of catholic conspirators hatched a bold plot to smuggle gunpowder into the cellars of the House of Lords and blow up the capital’s famed Houses of Parliament with the King, Lords and Commons inside. The conspiracy, uncovered the night before, didn’t quite go to plan, with Fawkes, being arrested, tortured and executed for his part and Londoners taking to the streets to light bonfires in celebration of their King being saved.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our England Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in England.

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