CHY 4U: Remember, Remember

“Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot… “
Guy Fawkes via Flickr by Fabi42

Today, we will watch a video that outlines the infamous Gunpowder Plot of 1605. Our goal is to understand this plot in the context of one of the Historical Schools (Radical School is the most logical, but you may try to apply your own if you wish). When the video is finished, I will ask you to write a 1/2 to 3/4 of a page in which you explain the plot in the context of a historical school.

If you choose the Radical School, please keep the following in mind:

  • look for inconsistencies in the story that might serve the crown’s interests
  • look for any attempts to paint the conspirators as villains

A Bit About the Plot

When James I became King of England 1603, English Catholics were quite pleased. He seemed to support religious tolerance; in fact, he did not require them to swear troublesome oaths to him (remember that, technically, he is the head of the state AND the church). Eventually, however, he took an increasingly hard line against English Catholics. In response, a group of Catholics conspired to blow up Parliament, kill the king, and put his nine year old Catholic daughter on the throne.

Although there were several other conspirators, the most famous is Guy Fawkes. Guy Fawkes day is still celebrated in the UK, and a mask resembling his face has become well-known thanks the film V for Vendetta and the non-conformist group Anonymous.


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