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7 Facts You Never Knew About Guy Fawkes

T’was his intent
To blow up king and parliament.

Guy Fawkes is generally used as the figurehead for Bonfire Night, despite the fact that he was only one of the main conspirators rather than the main conspirator.

The Gunpowder Plot would probably have never been discovered had the conspirators not sent a warning letter to Lord Monteagle. The letter caused so much suspicion that the undercroft beneath the Houses of Parliament was searched, leading to the discovery of Guy Fawkes and the barrels of gunpowder.

  1. Guy Fawkes adopted the name ‘Guido Fawkes’ while he was fighting for the Spanish.
  2. He fought in the Eighty Years’ War on the side of Catholic Spain against Protestant Dutch reformers in the Low Countries.
  3. After fighting, he returned to England with Thomas Wintour and was introduced to Robert Catesby.
  4. Robert Catesby was actually the main conspirator of the Gunpowder Plot, not Guy Fawkes.
  5. Before his execution, Guy Fawkes jumped from the scaffold and broke his neck to have a quicker death.
  6. Guy Fawkes was the first of the conspirators to be arrested after he was spotted leaving the undercroft beneath the Houses of Parliament after his watch ended at Midnight.
  7. Anarchists sometimes toast Guy Fawkes as “the last man to enter parliament with honest intentions”.