This is the story of the Gunpowder Plot.
The Gunpowder Plot was a plan to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London in 1605 and kill King James.
The ringleader of the plot was an explosives expert called Guy Fawkes.
Guy Fawkes conspired with twelve others and placed forty barrels of gunpowder in a small rented room under the Parliament building.
The conspirators were a group of English catholics who distrusted King James and wishes to make Princess Elizabeth as their monarch.
The reason was because they did not believe the newly crowned King James would respect the rights of catholics in pre-dominantly protestant England.
The plot was foiled at the eleventh hour on the stroke of midnight on the fifth of November 1605.
Guy Fawkes was caught red-handed and confessed about the conspiracy after being tortured.
The other conspirators were captured and all of them including Guy Fawkes were executed a few months later in 1606.
The fifth day of November is celebrated every year by the British people.
It is a kind of giving thanks that Guy Fawkes and his accomplices did not succeed to blow up the Parliament and unsettle the monarchy.
Bonfires are traditionally lit on the fifth of November and an effigy of Guy Fawkes placed on top to burn as a solemn reminder.
There is also usually a grand fireworks display.
Just imagine what might have happened if the Gunpowder Plot had been successful.
All of the Government Ministers plus King James himself and other important people would have been killed.
Not only that but one square mile around the Houses of Parliament would have been devastated.
Thankfully, the plot was foiled but the story remains important as part of English history.


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