10 Interesting Facts about the Gunpowder Plot

These following  facts abut the Gunpowder Plot. It was a failed assassination attempt against King James I of England and VI of Scotland by a group of provincial English Catholics led by Robert Catesby. The plan of the Gunpowder Plot in 1605 was to explode the House of Lords during the State Opening of England’s Parliament. Let’s check the list below to get more information about it.

Facts about the Gunpowder Plot 1: Background

The Plot was the prelude to a popular revolt in the Midlands during which James’s nine-year-old daughter, Princess 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.

Facts about the Gunpowder Plot 2: Plotters

The plotters of the Gunpowder Plans were Robert Catesby, John Wright, Thomas Wintour, Thomas Percy, Guy Fawkes, Robert Keyes, Thomas Bates, Robert Wintour, Christopher Wright, John Grant, Ambrose Rookwood, Sir Everard Digby and Francis Tresham. Find more facts about the Gettysburg Address here

Facts 2 (Plotters)

Facts 2 (Plotters)

Facts about the Gunpowder Plot 3: Initial Planning

On 20 May 1604, the first meeting of the five conspirators was held probably at the Duck and Drake Inn. The five conspirators were Catesby, Thomas Wintour, John Wright, Guy Fawkes and Thomas Percy.

Facts about the Gunpowder Plot 4: Guy Fawkes

He was a member of a group of provincial English Catholics who planned the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605. He had 10 years of military experience fighting in the Spanish Netherlands in suppression of the Dutch Revolt.

Facts 4 (Guy Fawkes)

Facts 4 (Guy Fawkes)

Facts about the Gunpowder Plot 5: Monteagle Letter

On 26 October 1605, the plan to blow up the House of Lords was revealed by an anonymous letter. The letter was sent to William Parker while he was in his house, 4th Baron.

Facts about the Gunpowder Plot 6: Discovery

During a search of the House of Lords at about midnight on 4 November 1605, Fawkes was discovered guarding 36 barrels of gunpowder and arrested. The barrels of gunpowder were discovered hidden under piles of faggots and coal.

Facts 6 (Discovery)

Facts 6 (Discovery)

Facts about the Gunpowder Plot 7: Executions

After the plan has been revealed, the plotters were executed. On a cold 30 January, Everard Digby, Robert Wintour, John Grant, and Thomas Bates, were tied to hurdles and dragged through the crowded streets of London to St Paul’s Churchyard. The following day, Thomas Wintour, Ambrose Rookwood, Robert Keyes, and Guy Fawkes were hanged, drawn and quartered in the Old Palace Yard at Westminster.

Facts about the Gunpowder Plot 8: Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night, Fireworks Night, or Guy Fawkes Night is a day to commemorate the failure of the plot. It happens in Britain on or around 5 November, to let off firework. Traditionally, in the weeks running up to the 5th, children made “Fawkes” from old clothes stuffed with newspaper, and fitted with a grotesque mask, to be burnt on the 5 November bonfire. Find more facts about the Gray Wolf here

Facts 8 (Bonfire Night)

Facts 8 (Bonfire Night)

Facts about the Gunpowder Plot 9: Nursery rhyme

The Gunpowder plot was told in Nursery rhyme as follows:

Remember, remember,
The Fifth of November,
Gunpowder treason and plot;
For I see no reason
Why Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.

Facts about the Gunpowder Plot 10: Reconstructing Explosion

Interestingly, a program named The Gunpowder Plot: Exploding the Legend did reconstruction of the Gunpowder Plot in the 2005. The program made a full-size replica of the House of Lords then destroyed with barrels of gunpowder. The result showed if the gunpowder was in good order, it would have killed all those in the building.

Facts 10 (Reconstructing Explosion)

Facts 10 (Reconstructing Explosion)

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