The Convoluted Legacy of Guy Fawkes

Historical Digression

Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.
Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, t’was his intent
To blow up the King and Parli’ment.
Three-score barrels of powder below
To prove old England’s overthrow;
By God’s providence he was catch’d
With a dark lantern and burning match.
Holla boys, Holla boys, let the bells ring.
Hallo boys, hallo boys, God save the King!

Guy Fawkes Day. I’ve always been intrigued by the holiday and a little disturbed by it at the same time. Admittedly, I’m out of my element on this one. I’ve never even been to England, let alone witnessed a Guy Fawkes celebration. So, I have little insight on how the day is now observed or what, if anything, it signifies to the English people. But I do know the history. And it’s a…

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About Patrick Browne

I am a PhD candidate in History, former historical society and museum director of roughly 20 years, an author, sometimes Civil War reenactor. I specialize in early American History, particularly the Civil War era. View all posts by Patrick Browne

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