… remember, remember, the fifth of November: Guy Fawkes Day !

by on November 5, 2010 · 11 comments

in Civil Rights, History, Media, Popular

Originally posted Oct 30, 2007

November 5th is Guy Fawkes Day! Fawkes was caught, tried and then hung for his role in the “Gunpowder Plot” – a plan to blow up the House of Lords. In England, today Guy Fawkes’ execution is celebrated…

But there is another side to the story.  The movie “V for Vendetta” tells us differently.

According to Wikipedia :

Guy Fawkes (13 April 157031 January 1606) was a member of a group of English Roman Catholics who attempted to carry out the Gunpowder Plot, an attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament and kill King James I of England, to destroy Protestant rule by killing the Protestant aristocracy, on 5 November 1605.

Mask of Guy Fawkes used for “V for Vendetta” film.

Fawkes is celebrated in popular culture, literature, song (John Lennon’s “remember, remember, the 5th of November…”), poetry, and in film and television.

Just to be clear: many English people celebrate the day in opposition to Guy Fawkes, but the movie and more recent lore has reversed that perception of Fawkes as “the bad guy” in all of this. The movie points out that Fawkes was not trying to blow up Parliament, but the House of Lords – the seat of autocratic rule in England at the time.

Learn the real story of Guy Fawkes and celebrate the 5th of November for the right reason!

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Dave Gilbert November 5, 2009 at 9:39 am

So, when they hung him did they say, now you’re Fawked?!?!


annagrace November 5, 2009 at 9:50 am

And T. S. Eliot begins the Wasteland with the enigmatic “Mistah Kurtz-he dead. A penny for the Old Guy” Makes you think….


Shawn Conrad November 5, 2009 at 10:12 am

The guy must have been out of his Fawking mind to think he would get away with it.


annagrace November 6, 2009 at 1:46 pm

“Michele Bachmann Guy Fawkes health care reform.” Stephen Colbert explains how Guy Fawkers have one-upped Teabaggers…


doug porter November 6, 2009 at 1:51 pm

classic colbert!


Gabarinocheka April 10, 2010 at 4:26 am

Fawking splendid,,we need more men with such courage!!!


uk anon June 21, 2010 at 12:57 pm

I was in London and spoke to one of the beefeaters as to where he had been hung drawn and quartered, He responded he was cast all over London after execution, as He got caught! Unlucky I replied to a totally shocked face! 5/5

uk , Anon


David B June 27, 2010 at 11:06 pm

it looks like the wiki says Fawkes jumped from the scaffold where he was to be hanged and broke his neck, thus avoiding the agony of the drawing and quartering that would have followed.


OB Mercy November 5, 2010 at 3:41 pm

I was visiting a friend outside of London, in Croydon on Guy Fawkes Day. Unbeknownst to me, I thought bombs were exploding all over the place and practically ran screaming into her room yelling, What the hell is going on out there?? She was deaf, and had felt the rumblings and then told me what the fireworks were all about. I had never heard of him, and was given a quick, and loud lesson!


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