7 things you didn’t know about Guy Fawkes!!
- Guy Fawkes did not die from being hung, drawn and quartered. He leapt to his death to avoid having his testicles cut off, his stomach opened and his guts spilled out before his very eyes! He actually died of a broken neck.
- Guy Fawkes was not the Gunpowder Plots ringleader. 13 conspirators were in the plot which was masterminded by Robert Catesby, but Fawkes gained notoriety after the plot was foiled because he was caught in the cellars beneath the House of Lords, ready to ignite the explosives.
- Guy Fawkes won the unlikely admiration of King James 1. After withstanding two full days of torture and expressing his regret at failing the mission, his steadfast manner earned him the praise of King James who described Fawkes as possessing a “Roman Resolution”.
- Guy Fawkes has an island named after him. Being one of Britains most famous villains, his effigy has been burned at the tops of bonfires for more than four centuries. We still celebrate it now! The island is crescent shaped in the Galapagos Islands, is uninhabited and is named Isla Guy Fawkes or Guy Fawkes Island.
- The Houses of Parliament are still searched once a year to make sure there are no conspirators hiding in the cellars with explosives.
- The cellar that Fawkes tried to blow up no longer exists. It was devastated in a fire in 1834, that devastated the medieval Houses of Parliament.
- The gunpowder used would have done little damage to Parliament. The 36 barrels of gunpowder planted in the cellar would have been sufficient to raze it to the ground but some experts now claim that the gunpowder had ‘decayed’ and would not have properly exploded if ignited.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this, Ive learned a lot from it.
Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder treason and plot
We see no reason
Why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!
Have a great bonfire night everyone and stay safe!!!