Remember Remember ...................

.................. the fifth of November,
Gunpowder treason and plot.
We see no reason
Why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!

Guy Fawkes, guy, t'was his intent
To blow up king and parliament.
Three score barrels were laid below
To prove old England's overthrow.

By god's mercy he was catch'd
With a darkened lantern and burning match.
So, holler boys, holler boys, Let the bells ring.
Holler boys, holler boys, God save the king.

And what shall we do with him?
Burn him!

For my followers across the globe who have no idea what this particular festival is about;, hefre’s a brief history;

5th November commemorates the failure of the November 1605 Gunpowder Plot by a gang of Roman Catholic activists led by Warwickshire-born Robert Catesby.
When Protestant King James I acceded to the throne, English Catholics had hoped that the persecution they had felt for over 45 years under Queen Elizabeth I would finally end, and they would be granted the freedom to practice their religion.
When this didn't transpire, a group of conspirators resolved to assassinate the King and his ministers by blowing up the Palace of Westminster during the state opening of Parliament.
Guy (Guido) Fawkes, from York, and his fellow conspirators, having rented out a house close to the Houses of Parliament, managed to smuggle 36 barrels of gunpowder into a cellar of the House of Lords - enough to completely destroy the building.
(Physicists from the Institute of Physics later calculated that the 2,500kg of gunpowder beneath Parliament would have obliterated an area 500 metres from the centre of the explosion).
The scheme began to unravel when an anonymous letter was sent to William Parker, the 4th Baron Monteagle, warning him to avoid the House of Lords. The letter (which could well have been sent by Lord Monteagle's brother-in-law Francis Tresham), was made public and this led to a search of Westminster Palace in the early hours of November 5.
Explosive expert Fawkes, who had been left in the cellars to set off the fuse, was caught when a group of guards discovered him at the last moment. Fawkes was arrested, sent to the Tower of London and tortured until he gave up the names of his fellow plotters.
Lord Monteagle was rewarded with £500 plus £200 worth of lands for his service in protecting the crown.

And that is why, on 5th November, or around that date, in the UK we light fireworks across the nation
Fabulous picture Phil. Great capture. Fav ☺️
posted November 3rd, 2017  
Super capture and shot !
posted November 3rd, 2017  
Lovely shot:)
posted November 3rd, 2017  
Cool shot! I learned about the plot in my early years at school, and just learned about it in more detail after reading Ken Follet's recent book.
posted November 3rd, 2017  
@elkereturns Thank you. I’ve just finished that Follett book also.

The BBC here in the UK just ran a 3 part series called Gunpowder. If you can, get hold of it as it’s far more factual than follett’s latest book.
posted November 3rd, 2017  
Great shot and fab information
posted November 3rd, 2017  
Great capture and story.
posted November 3rd, 2017  
Thank you for the Guy Fawkes story - history is fascinating.
posted November 3rd, 2017  
Great capture ( wonderful on black ) & history
posted November 3rd, 2017  
Great capture
posted November 4th, 2017  
wonderful colours.
posted November 4th, 2017  
What a great tale! Lovely photo too!
posted November 4th, 2017  
Beautiful picture.
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