Wayback Wednesday: Guy Fawkes Convicted 1606
The Gunpowder Plot of 1605, […] often called the Gunpowder Treason Plot or the Jesuit Treason [in earlier centuries], was a failed assassination attempt against King James I by a group of provincial English Catholics led by Robert Catesby.
The plan was to blow up the House of Lords during the State Opening of Parliament on [November] 5, 1605, as the prelude to a popular revolt in the Midlands, during which James’s nine-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, was to be installed as the Catholic head of state. Catesby may have embarked on the scheme after hopes of securing greater religious tolerance under King James had faded, leaving many English Catholics disappointed. His fellow plotters were John and Christopher Wright, Robert and Thomas Wintour, Thomas Percy, Guy Fawkes, Robert Keyes, Thomas Bates, John Grant, Ambrose Rookwood, Sir Everard Digby and Francis Tresham. Fawkes, who had 10 years of military experience fighting in the Spanish Netherlands in the failed suppression of the Dutch Revolt, was given charge of the explosives.
The plot was revealed to the authorities in an anonymous letter sent to William Parker, 4th Baron Monteagle, on [October] 26, 1605. During a search of the House of Lords in the evening on [November] 4, 1605, Fawkes was discovered guarding 36 barrels of gunpowder, enough to reduce the House of Lords to rubble, and [was] arrested. Most of the conspirators fled from London as they learned of the plot’s discovery, trying to enlist support along the way. Several made a stand against the pursuing Sheriff of Worcester and his men at Holbeche House […]. [In] the ensuing battle, Catesby was one of those shot and killed. At their trial on [January] 27 1606, four hundred, fifteen years ago, today, eight of the survivors, including Fawkes, were convicted and sentenced to be hanged, drawn and quartered.
The thwarting of the Gunpowder Plot was commemorated for many years afterwards by special sermons and other public events such as the ringing of church bells, which evolved into the British variant of Bonfire Night of today.
The Trial of the Gunpowder Conspirators (The Tudor Society/Claire Ridgway/January 27, 2018)
17 thoughts on “Wayback Wednesday: Guy Fawkes Convicted 1606”
January 28, 2021 at 12:48 AM
While I know OF the gunpowder, treason, and plot – I know little else concerning the scenario.
Can someone please enlighten me as to are we better off because it failed or are we worse off?
January 28, 2021 at 1:58 AM
All of the above comes under the power struggle between Catholics and Protestants. Hell, Bloody Mary and Liz I whiplashed the entire country over it.
I guess your perspective is determined by which religious doctrine you follow. This was a failure for the Catholics.
January 28, 2021 at 4:35 PM
Amen and glad it was. I think people a couple hundred years from now are going to learn of stories like this during our lifetime that we had no clue was occurring/had occurred.
January 28, 2021 at 11:02 PM
Glad it was a failure for the Catholics or glad it was a total failure in general?
A couple of hundred years from now (or much, much sooner), I’m hoping we will have finally evolved. We will then have all of our answers.
January 28, 2021 at 7:17 AM
That is interesting. I read a lot of history but have not heard that story before.
January 29, 2021 at 2:52 AM
One would have to assume that Wikipedia has it all correctly laid out. It’s not exactly a bastion of truth.
January 28, 2021 at 10:32 AM
His spirit rose again January 6, 2021, Washington D.C.
January 28, 2021 at 4:48 PM
I don’t see that. These were angry Catholics living under a Protestant government wanting more religious freedom. This was religion based. Hell, the Catholics and the Protestants are still arguing with each other in the UK to this day.
D.C. was a protest over an election with blatant fraud (not hidden fraud like Kennedy/Nixon or Bush/Gore). I’m hardly a Trump fan. I didn’t vote for him. I think he is an ass but, people have a Constitutional right to demand redress of grievances. The Capitol police removed the barriers and LET people in. Plus, you had Antifa climbing the damn walls. There were 1000s upon 1000s of peaceful protesters and, then, there were the infiltrators…those that were paid to cause trouble, like they do all over the US in the big cities. It was a setup from the beginning. The ones protesting a bad election weren’t there to blow up anything. They were showing their support for their president and reminding our “elected officials” WHO put them where they are, which is Constitutionally guaranteed. What happened? People died because of the paid troublemakers and crooked cops (and possibly CIA). Funny how the “defund the police” nonsense suddenly stopped.
The lame-stream-media would have everyone believe that the Capitol was “stormed by white supremacists” and that is SUCH a lie. And, thanks to their engineered chaos, D.C. is now under martial law. Our anointed kings & queens are scared to death of the proletariat…and they should be. And, this will get much worse.
There is no direct comparison here. Apples & oranges…
January 28, 2021 at 7:14 PM
The bloodshed between the Catholics and the Protestants in England is why my ancestors came over here. Hopefully we can remain a country where the government doesn’t force us to become one religion or another. I don’t buy the paid Antifa protestors myth. Sorry. I know too many true blue Trumpers and they are more than capable of violence and hatred. Luckily they’re all kind of old and fat. Or just plain muttonheads!
January 28, 2021 at 11:59 PM
It’s not a myth. It has been proven but, the lame stream media will never admit it. We will have to agree to disagree.
EVERYONE is more than capable of violence and hatred. Trump supporters do NOT have a corner on that market (and I’d be pissed if my candidate lost over massive fraud). I have strong libertarian leanings but, those candidates never win.
I live in the county in NC where the Republican HQ was firebombed by the worst of the left-wing of the Democrat party. I’m far from being a Trump fan but, I have been personal witness to the violence and hatred generated by Trump Derangement Syndrome. It’s positively breathtaking.
I know many Trump supporters and they are hardly old, fat or “muttonheads” (that’s actually quite rude). They are just as educated and driven as the Biden supporters I know (the ones not screaming about Trump). They also don’t seem to need to participate in this nasty “cancel culture” taking place. The viciousness of those wanting to destroy peoples’ jobs and threaten their lives is coming from the Democrat side. It’s been suggested that Sen. Joshua Hawley should be “horse-whipped???” REALLY???
We don’t have a country anymore, at least not one where the Constitution is actually followed. You are going to be witness to all kinds of WEF roll-outs. Biden didn’t win, he was PUT in office by many powerful global types. The US will need to be brought to its knees for everything that the Davos Crowd want to implement. This crap got started back 1992 when 100+ countries signed the document (making it law) that the entire population on the planet had to be reduced to 500 million. Clinton made a big show refusing to sign when he was overseas but, signed on the quiet when he returned to the US. Then, Bush signed that damn Patriot Act that Biden will be adding to (courtesy of his handlers). This man can’t string two concise sentences together and just signs everything put in front of him.
We will all have front row seats to see what comes next and it won’t be pretty.
January 29, 2021 at 10:37 AM
Catesby had ambition…I will give him that. I just don’t get it…let people follow what they want to follow.
January 29, 2021 at 2:49 PM
There are those that have this extreme need to control others and events. Plus, human behavior can be weird. Polite society requires certain standards to be upheld to function properly. What starts out as a few simple rules can morph into the police state we are living in right now. Everyone wants to be free to do as they please but, the guy standing next to you may object. Add into that the folks that are self-proclaimed “leaders” (either by “divine bloodline” or the end of a sword…or fraudulent elections) and religious brainwashing.
Honestly, Max, the only way out of this is the evolution we are overdue for.
January 29, 2021 at 2:52 PM
Political Correctness of all shapes have played into all of this. A rose is a rose by another other name.
There is no way to talk to anyone anymore because there is no bend…they are either right or you are wrong.
January 29, 2021 at 3:30 PM
Pretty much. That’s the brainwashing. If your spiritual leader says so, it’s in stone. If your Prez says so, it’s in stone. If your news says so, it’s in stone. If your doc says so, it’s in stone.
No one can think for themselves, anymore.
January 29, 2021 at 3:48 PM
The media… both sides are the worst
January 30, 2021 at 2:31 AM
Yeah. Makes me crazy…
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