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Guy fawkes-presentation

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  1. 1. What festival is this?
  2. 2. Lesson: Guy Fawkes Resource: Guy Fawkes presentationAre you sitting comfortably?And so our story begins...
  3. 3. Lesson: Guy Fawkes Resource: Guy Fawkes presentationNovember 5th 1605 was set to be a special and happy day... King James I was going to Parliament for the yearly Royal State Opening of Parliament ceremony and the building would be packed with people. He did not know that everyone going to the ceremony would be in grave danger. For more than a year a gang of men had been secretly plotting a huge explosion to blow up Parliament and the King. The gang were Catholics and were angry that the Protestant King and Parliament would not let Catholics practise their religion. Robert Catesby was the brains behind the deadly plan. He couldnt work alone, so he gathered a group of like-minded men, including the famous Guy Fawkes, to help him. The gangs plan came to be called the Gunpowder Plot.
  4. 4. Lesson: Guy Fawkes Resource: Guy Fawkes presentationThe plotters Guy Fawkes Robert Catesby
  5. 5. Lesson: Guy Fawkes Resource: Guy Fawkes presentationThe plot began in May 1604 when Guy Fawkes andThomas Percy rented a house very close toParliament. Fawkes called himself John Johnsonand pretended he was Percys servant. They thenbegan to dig a tunnel...Why a tunnel? Well, imagine you had a huge heap of gunpowderand you wanted to get it into the most important building in thecountry without anyone noticing. Not an easy thing to do.The tunnel was meant to run from the cellar of their house and underthe street, ending up underneath the Houses of Parliament - perfectfor smuggling that gunpowder.
  6. 6. Lesson: Guy Fawkes Resource: Guy Fawkes presentationTime ticked on and the Throneplotters kept digging...until in March 1605 they House of Lordshad a stroke of luck. Acellar underneath the CellarHouse of Lords came upfor rent. Cross-section of the House of Lords, by Sir John Soane, 1794. Parliamentary ArchivesThe plotters abandoned their tunneland packed the cellar with 36barrels of gunpowder. They coveredthe huge heap of barrels withbundles of firewood, just in caseanyone looked inside.
  7. 7. Lesson: Guy Fawkes Resource: Guy Fawkes presentation The most deadly and dangerous part of theGunpowder Plot was in place. What next...?
  8. 8. Lesson: Guy Fawkes Resource: Guy Fawkes presentationTen days to go. The gunpowder was ready. The plotters were ready. Whatcould possibly go wrong? Well, all it took to upset those careful plans wasa very mysterious letter. Lord Monteagle, a very important man and friend of King James I, was given a letter at dinner on October 26th 1605. A tall, mysterious stranger had handed it to his servant in the street earlier in the evening. The letter warned him not to go to the ceremony on November 5th as something terrible Letter sent to Lord Monteagle, National Archives (UK) was going to happen.Monteagle didnt know what to make of the letter and he had no way ofknowing who had written it. Was it a nasty joke or was it a seriouswarning?
  9. 9. Lesson: Guy Fawkes Resource: Guy Fawkes presentationLord Monteagle took his mystery letter to show to friends in thegovernment, but they were slow to act. King James was awayhunting and many ministers were suspicious it might be a fake.For a few days all was quiet.Meanwhile, the plotters quickly foundout about the letter. Catesby wasntgoing to give up though. He sent GuyFawkes down to the cellar to checkthat the gunpowder stores were stillsafe. All the gang could do now waswait.
  10. 10. Lesson: Guy Fawkes Resource: Guy Fawkes presentationThe afternoon before Parliamentwas due to open, Guy Fawkes tookup his position in the gunpowdercellar. He settled down with hiswatch and some matches, all readyto put the murderous plan intoaction.In the middle of the afternoon, he heard voices approaching thecellar. Soldiers had come to search the storerooms, just in case thewarning letter had been true. They found Fawkes, and evenquestioned him, but didnt find the gunpowder.Fawkes bravely stayed in the cellar to carry out his task, probablythinking hed got away with it, but no. Later that evening the soldierscame back, and this time they found the deadly gunpowder!
  11. 11. Lesson: Guy Fawkes Resource: Guy Fawkes presentation Guy Fawkes was arrested.The GunpowderPlot had failed.
  12. 12. Lesson: Guy Fawkes Resource: Guy Fawkes presentation After his arrest in the cellar, Fawkes was taken to see King James and his court. He refused to answer most of their questions and made it very clear that he didnt have any regrets at all.Perhaps most annoyingly for the King, Fawkes wouldnt reveal whothe other plotters were. Reports written at the time quote him assaying, “You would have me discover my friends."
  13. 13. Lesson: Guy Fawkes Resource: Guy Fawkes presentationAfter his audience with the King, Guy Fawkes was taken tothe Tower of London in the hope that the guards there couldget him to talk. Fawkes was tough and determined not to giveaway any secrets.Guy Fawkes was thentortured on the rack to gethim to reveal the names ofthe others. Eventually herevealed the names of theothers under torture. Theirtrial was at WestminsterHall in Parliament inJanuary 1606.
  14. 14. Lesson: Guy Fawkes Resource: Guy Fawkes presentationAll seven were sentenced to be...hung drawn and quartered! Their heads were placed on spikes for everyone to see. By permission of the British Library.
  15. 15. Lesson: Guy Fawkes Resource: Guy Fawkes presentationSo, Catesby, Fawkes and the otherplotters had very nearly managed to killthe King and blow up the Houses ofParliament.Their daring plan had beendiscovered in the nick of time.
  16. 16. Lesson: Guy Fawkes Resource: Guy Fawkes presentation Warning! The gruesome bit! hung The prisoner was hung but cut loose just before they lost consciousness. Their stomach was then sliced open and their guts pulled out.drawn The heart would be pulled out last, and shown to the dying person.quartered Finally, the head would be cut off and the body cut into four quarters.
  17. 17. Lesson: Guy Fawkes Resource: Guy Fawkes presentationRemember, remember the fifth of NovemberThe gunpowder treason and plot.I see no reason why gunpowder treasonShould ever be forgot. Guy Fawkes, ‘twas his intent To blow up king and parliament. Three score barrels were laid below To prove old Englands overthrow. By Gods mercy he was catched With a dark lantern and lighted match. Holler boys, holler boys, let the bells ring Holler boys, holler boys, God save the King.
  18. 18. Lesson: Guy Fawkes Resource: Guy Fawkes presentation Image copyright noticeImages in this presentation are derived from Parliament’s Gunpowder Plot website ( ) and are supplied for educational purposes only. Please visit the following link for full details: