A penny for the old guy

Today is Guy Fawkes Day in England. On Nov. 5, 1605, Guy Fawkes was discovered in a ground floor vault beneath the House of Lords with 36 barrels (nearly one ton) of gunpowder. The plan had been to blow up King James and Prince Henry on November 5th, the opening day of Parliament, but thanks to a letter that found its way to the King, the stash was found and England saved from regicide.

English Catholics were not helped by the fact that Fawkes and his co-conspirators were also Catholic. They hadn’t been helped in 1588, either, when Catholic Spain tried to invade England. Or in 1586, with the Babington Plot, or in 1678, with that loser Titus Oates made up a story about a “Popish Plot.” (There was no plot, but Catholics were put to death anyway.)

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One Response to “A penny for the old guy”

  1. Mark Says:

    Papists and explosives… a dangerous combination…

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