Getting the jump on Guido (Guy Fawkes)
(I want to see if I can tell this story correctly.) Long ago a man named Guido fought for the Spanish in what is now the Netherlands that was controlled by English Catholics. Guido (Guy) Fawkes grew up in York and because his mother married a Catholic he converted, apparently. He was rebellious and plotted to kill King James I by planting a stockpile of gunpowder beneath the House of Lords.
Guido was caught guarding the explosives and was tried and convicted of treason. He was sentenced to hang and to be drawn and quartered. Not enjoying the prospect of being chopped into pieces, he jumped from the scaffold and broke his neck.
I think the prosecutors could have continued the process of butchering if they wished, but at least Guido would experience no pain.
In England today, there is a celebration held on November 5, the day authorities apprehended Guido back in 1605. Members of the community including children build large bonfires from which they also hang effigies of Guy Fawkes.
“To be hanged, drawn and quartered was from 1351 the penalty in England for men guilty of high treason. The punishment is first recorded during the reign of King Henry III, but became more frequently used under his successor, Edward I. The convicted were drawn by horse on a wooden hurdle to the place of execution, and once there were ritually hanged, emasculated, disembowelled,beheaded and quartered (chopped into four pieces).”
“Guy Fawkes (13 April 1570 – 31 January 1606), also known as Guido Fawkes, the name he adopted while fighting for the Spanish in the Low Countries, belonged to a group of provincial English Catholics who planned the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605.
Fawkes was born and educated in York. His father died when Fawkes was eight years old, after which his mother married a recusant Catholic. Fawkes later converted to Catholicism and left for the continent, where he fought in the Eighty Years' War on the side of Catholic Spain against Protestant Dutch reformators. He travelled to Spain to seek support for a Catholic rebellion in England but was unsuccessful. He later met Thomas Wintour, with whom he returned to England.
Wintour introduced Fawkes to Robert Catesby, who planned to assassinate King James I and restore a Catholic monarch to the throne. The plotters secured the lease to an undercroft beneath the House of Lords, and Fawkes was placed in charge of the gunpowder they stockpiled there. Prompted by the receipt of an anonymous letter, the authorities searched Westminster Palace during the early hours of 5 November, and found Fawkes guarding the explosives. Over the next few days, he was questioned and tortured, and eventually he broke. Immediately before his execution on 31 January, Fawkes jumped from the scaffold where he was to be hanged and broke his neck, thus avoiding the agony of the drawing and quartering that followed.
Fawkes became synonymous with the Gunpowder Plot, which has been commemorated in England since 5 November 1605. His effigy is burned on a bonfire, often accompanied by a firework display.”
NEWS BULLETIN RUMOR
Just handed to me, the fire department is going on strike on Guy Fawkes Night!
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