The Gunpowder Plot

BY: FIZA POOYA 6C

WHAT WAS THE GUNPOWDER PLOT?


The Gunpowder Plot of 1605, in earlier centuries often called the Gunpowder Treason Plot or the Jesuit Treason, 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.

REASON OF THE GUNPOWDER PLOT

When Queen Elizabeth I took the throne of England she made some laws against the Roman Catholics. Guy Fawkes was one of a small group of Catholics who felt that the government was treating Roman Catholics unfairly. They hoped that King James I would change the laws, but he didn't.

Catholics had to practise their religion in secret. There were even fines for people who didn't attend the Protestant church on Sunday or on holy days. James I passed more laws against the Catholics when he became king.

THE PLOT

A man named Guy Fawkes and a group of plotters attempted to blow up the houses of Parliaments in London with barrels of gunpowder placed in the basement. They wanted to kill King James and the kings leaders. According to Fawkes, 20 barrels of gunpowder were brought in at first, followed by 16 more on 20 July. Then later on Fawkes left the country for a short trip at this time the king had gone hunting and was not in the country. Later Fawkes had returned to find all the gun powder had decayed. So they replace the gun powder and concealed it with wood and coal.

THE PLOT AND DISCOVERY

On October 26 a man had received an anoymous letter explaining the plot. Having not knowing what the letter meant it was passed around to people. Finally on November 1st the letter was shown to the King following his arrival back to London. Later on there was an investigation in which they found the gunpowder.

EXECUTION AND CELEBRATION

Later on the king and his men grabbed the plotters and on a cold January day they were stripped in only their shirt and were dragged down the streets of London. They all climbed a ladder and put their head in the noose and one by one were executed. For celebration every 5th of November people celebrate the bonfire night with fireworks and a bonfire to commemorate the failure of the plot.