The Gunpowder Plot – Remember, Remember the 5th November

| November 5, 2011

Today, in the UK, we commemorate James I’s lucky escape after Guy Fawkes was caught red-handed with rather a lot of gunpowder in the cellars of the Houses of Parliament on the night of the 4th/5th November 1605. We are not just celebrating James’s lucky escape, we are also, as the poem goes, remembering the […]

Baptism of Guy Fawkes – 16 April 1570

| April 16, 2011

It is not known exactly what date Guy Fawkes was born, possibly the 13th April 1570, but he was baptised on the 16th April 1570 at the Church of St Michael le Belfrey in York. Guy Fawkes, or Guido Fawkes (the name he used when fighting in the Low Countries on the side of Spain), […]

Robert Catesby

| November 8, 2010

On this day in history, 8th November 1605, Robert Catesby, the man thought to have been responsible for hatching up the Gunpowder Plot, was shot dead at Holbeche House in Staffordshire. Although he was initially buried near Holbeche, his body was exhumed so that he could be decapitated and his head hung on the side […]

Mary Queen of Scots Marries Lord Darnley

| July 29, 2010

On this day in history, the 29th July 1565, Elizabeth I’s nemesis, Mary Queen of Scots, married Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, at Holyrood Palace (the Palace of Holyroodhouse), Edinburgh. Let’s celebrate their union by giving some facts about the happy couple:- The Bride – Mary Queen of Scots Birth: Mary, Queen of Scots, also known […]

James VI of Scotland and James I of England

| April 29, 2010

As I said in yesterday’s post, Elizabeth I’s death brought the House of Tudor’s reign over England to an end. Henry VIII who had been obsessed with carrying on the Tudor line ended up having a son who reigned for 6 years and who never came of age, a daughter who reigned for 5 years […]

The Funeral of Elizabeth I

| April 28, 2010

On this day in history, 28th April 1603, Elizabeth I was laid to rest. I have already written about Elizabeth I’s funeral and her resting place in my post “The Death of Elizabeth I” so I won’t repeat it here, but her death was the end of an era, the end of a Golden Age […]

Mary Queen of Scots – Part Two

| February 8, 2010

This post carries on from Mary Queen of Scots – Part One, a two-part article commemorating the anniversary of the execution of Mary Queen of Scots. On the 29th October, Parliament met to discuss the fate of Mary Queen of Scots. Alison Weir writes of how Parliament “unanimously ratified the commissioners’ verdict” and demanded the […]

The Gunpowder Plot

| November 5, 2009

Tonight in gardens and fields all around the UK people will be letting off fireworks, burning effigies of Guy Fawkes on bonfires and getting together for spectacular fireworks shows and parties, a tradition that dates back to 5th November 1605 when Protestants lit bonfires to celebrate the failure of the Catholic Gunpowder Plot. I know […]