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5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About The Gunpowder Plot

Remember remember the 5th of November...

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On 5 November 1605, a group of ten activists attempted one of the biggest acts of extremism in British history. One of these men was the now infamous Guy Fawkes, who was tasked with guarding the 36 barrels of gunpowder which were being stockpiled underneath the House of Lords. The plan was to blow up the parliament and eliminate reigning monarch King James I and all of his political advisers in the process.

Of course, this isn't how it panned out and Guy Fawkes was caught red-handed surrounded by the gunpowder. Weeks later he and his counterparts were hanged for high treason and the eternal story of Bonfire Night was born. However, this level of understanding surrounding this scheme is actually incredibly vague, with a lot of the crucial and essential facts surrounding the plot slowly being swept under the rug over the generations.

Some of these facts shed an entirely new perspective on the events that transpired and completely alter our understanding of the attempted large scale assassination. In this article, we have summarised five of the biggest misconceptions and overlooked facts of the Gunpowder Plot, with the hope of showing you exactly what happened on and around 5 November 1605.

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