Remember, Remember the 5th of November

Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot...

Yes the 5th of the November is upon us, or Bonfire/ Guy Fawkes Night as it's now more commonly known to us Brits.

Guy Fawkes Night originates from the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, a failed conspiracy by a group of provincial English Catholics to assassinate the Protestant King James I of England and replace him with a Catholic head of state. Mr Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, was arrested while guarding explosives the plotters had placed beneath the House of Lords. Celebrating the fact that King James I had survived the attempt on his life, people lit bonfires around London, and months later the introduction of the Observance of 5th November Act enforced an annual public day of thanksgiving for the plot's failure.

The story of Guy fawkes was also part basis for the celebrated comic book V For Vendetta, by Alan Moore. V For Vendetta is a ten-issue comic book series, depicting a near-future Britain after a nuclear war and a tells the tale of an anarchist named V who dressed in a Guy Fawkes mask begins an edetermined to murder his former captors, bring down the government, and convince the people to rule themselves.

In 2006 Warner Bros turned the comic into a feature length film starring Hugo Weaving, Natalie Portman and Stephen Fry:



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