The Tudor Society

November 5 – The discovery of the Gunpowder Plot

5th November in the UK is Bonfire Night, a time to celebrate the discovery of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, a plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament and assassinate King James I and his government.

On the night of 4/5th November 1605, Gunpowder Plot conspirator, Guy Fawkes, was found with 36 barrels of gunpowder in a cellar beneath the Palace of Westminster, and the Gunpowder Plot was brought to an end.

But why was there a plot to kill the king and what has this event got to do with Tudor history?

Well, a lot, because the Gunpowder Plot had its roots in Elizabeth I's reign.

Let me explain...

Book recommendation: "God's Traitors" by Jessie Childs.
TV: "Gunpowder", a miniseries starring Kit Harington.

Fancy trying some Bonfire Night recipes? - Click here.

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November 5 – The discovery of the Gunpowder Plot