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The Gunpowder Plot - The Confession of Guy Fawkes

At nearly midnight, on the 4th of November 1605, Guy Fawkes was hours away from blowing up the Houses of Parliament.  He and his colleagues had worked on their plot for eighteen months.

After he was captured, Fawkes refused to talk.  Even when he was brought to the Tower of London, he stayed mute. 

To help change his mind, the king authorized a special use of torture to be used on Fawkes, if he stayed quiet.

On the 7th of November, after likely being put on the rack, Fawkes talked. 

Soon thereafter, the other conspirators were also captured.  They were, they said, "utterly undone."

When the captured suspect was ultimately brought before King James I, to explain what was actually going on, Fawkes reportedly said:  

[I wanted] to blow back the beggarly Scots to their native mountains.

Instead, it was Fawkes and his co-conspirators who were executed.

On the 5th of November, every year, Britain celebrates "Guy Fawkes Day." Events include bonfires and other things, such as this poem (which has come to us over the centuries):

Remember, remember the fifth of November,
The gunpowder treason and plot,
I know of no reason
Why the gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5124stories and lessons created

Original Release: Oct 07, 2013

Updated Last Revision: Oct 22, 2017


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From The Gunpowder Plot, courtesy BBC Worldwide.  Copyright, BBC, all rights reserved.  Clip provided as fair use for educational purposes and to acquaint new viewers with the program.

 

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