Remember, Remember the 5th of November, Gunpowder, Treason and Plot…

Catholicism in England was heavily repressed under Queen Elizabeth I, particularly after the pope excommunicated her in 1570. During her reign, dozens of priests were put to death, and Catholics could not even legally celebrate Mass or be married according to their own rites.  When James I took the throne upon Elizabeth’s death in 1603, …

Guy Fawkes is Executed January 31, 1606 (Julian Calendar)

Remember, Remember, the Fifth of November, Gunpowder, Treason and Plot…  Everyone remembers the infamous day (or should) when Guy Fawkes attempted to violently overthrow King and Parliament with 36 barrels of gunpowder and a lit fuse.  Few people remember that this was the beginning of Fawkes demise not the end.  He and his conspirators, Robert …