Guy Fawkes

Guy Fawkes had a nickname he liked during his employment with the Spanish, Guido over the four hundred was seen as a mystery man.

He was regarded as a Soldier and an explosive expert with the Spanish army.

His expertise with explosive was an ideal talent, and Robert Catesby wanted his excellent skill to help blow up James VI and I and his leaders.

Who Was Guy Fawkes?

Fawkes was born and raised in York, northeast England, At this time, the family was not Catholics.

Until his father who died at the age of eight years, and his mother married again to a recusant Catholic.

This was when Guy Fawkes converted to being a Catholic. It is said, Fawkes left England, to fight on the side of Catholic Spain.

This was when he adopted his nickname Guido Fawkes, and This is where he was turned into a soldier and used explosives.

Ideally, was seen as an expert for the gunpowder plot to come.

Why did Guy Fawkes want to blow up parliament?

Laws was passed against the Roman Catholics when Queen Elizabeth 1st took the throne of England, With emotions starting to rise.

A small group of Roman Catholics famously known as the Gunpowder plotters that Guy Fawkes agreed with.

Their intentions hoped that James VI and I would retract the laws, but to their disappointment, he passed more laws against the Catholics.

Robert Catesby emotions at this point of King James VI and I, passing more laws against the religion, put into motion a plot, to blow up Parliament with the king inside.

The idea was discussed for many months. The plan was simple, Next time the parliament was opened, the leaders and the king would be blown up with gunpowder.

Guido Fawkes was introduced to Mr Catesby by a man called Thomas Wintour, Fawkes was indulged with the idea to restore a Catholic monarch.

By doing so, Catesby needed Fawkes to use his explosive skill to light the 36 barrels of gunpowder under Parliament.

The plotters found and bought a house next door to the parliament building, Perfectly situated it was ideal to get the 36 barrels under parliament.

Guido Fawkes job was to, on the night of Parliament opening, watch over the barrels of gunpowder light the barrels fuse and escape with right timing.

Guy Fawkes Capture and Death

Autumn 1605 of 26th October, An anonymous letter was sent to a man, Catholic, Lord Monteagle. It warned him and read.”

retyre youre self into yowre contee whence yow maye expect the event in safti for … they shall receyve a terrible blowe this parliament

“. No solid proof has been brought forward even after over 400 years of whom sent the anonymous letter.

It is safe to speculate it was one of the men from the group foiling the plot.

According to Wikipedia, Monteagle servants told the plotters of this letter being sent, Catesby and rest of the group thought nothing but of a hoax.

However, to be safe, Guido went to check the cellars and reported nothing had been disturbed.

Lord Monteagle aroused by suspicion handed the letter to the king, and he requests Sir Thomas Knyvett in the early morning of 5th of November to search the parliament cellars.

Found leaving the cellars and equipped with a slow match, Guy Fawkes was arrested. The full 36 gunpowder barrels was found under wood and coal.

When Guido was interrogated by the King’s Privy Chamber, he gave a false name of John Johnson.

Throughout the interrogation, Fawkes remained defiant.

The following day the 6th of November the king ordered that he be tortured to reveal the rest of the co-conspirators.

Guido was Moved to Tower of London where Sir William Waad who supervised the torture and obtained Guy Fawkes confession.

On 31st January 1606, Fawkes Pleading not guilty, Guy was sentenced to be hanged and quartered with three other of the plotters, Robert Keyes, Ambrose Rookwood and Thomas Wintour.

With the three other plotters hanged and quartered, Guy managed to completely break his neck by jumping and avoiding the agony of the robe, and his body was then cut.

Guy Fawkes Night

Over the 400 years of knowing what Guy Fawkes was done, it’s still is standard practice to teach school children and the local community of what could have happened.

To this day, school and local community centres, hold spectacular special events with bonfires and students building guy effigies for the local bonfire and fireworks for the end game.

There are no full details to where the Traditional Guy Fawkes rhyme came from. However, it is noted earliest it was found was in 1742, Here is the verse recited For Bonfire Night.

Remember, remember the fifth of November, The Gunpowder Treason, and plot. I know of no reason why the Gunpowder Treason Should ever be forgot.

Even though Guy Fawkes was only the one man to light the gunpowder barrels, he still leaves this nostalgic memory for everyone near bonfire night after over 400 years later.

As if it wasn’t for Robert Catesby and the rest of the group planning the plot and Guy Fawkes agreeing to light the fuse.

We today would not have fond childhood memories and still be lighting fireworks for the 5th of November.

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Explosive expert
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