Gunpowder, Treason, and Plot: Who was Guy Fawkes?

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Remember, remember the Fifth of November,

The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,

I know of no reason

Why the Gunpowder Treason

Should ever be forgot.

If you live in the UK, or possible elsewhere in the world, this weekend you probably had fireworks, bonfires, and sparklers to celebrate the 5th November. This holiday remembers the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605 where a group of conspirators nearly blew up King James VI of Scotland and I of England and most of Parliament (and with it most of the important members of the aristocracy and nobility). The story of the foiled attempt is well known in popular culture, but who exactly was the infamous Guy Fawkes and what led to his involvement in this plot?

It is believed that Guy Fawkes was born on 13th April 1570 in York, England. He was baptised on 16th April of that year in…

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