Before Elizabeth I death in 1603, the Catholics had a rough time with the religious changes and after her death, thought they would have a catholic king. They got James VI of Scotland and soon to be James I of England. The whole catholic religion celebrated for they thought it would be the end of their religious troubles. Sadly they were wrong and it got even worse. He made the Catholics become Protestants and if they didn't he would punish them severely.
This made the Catholics angry and so they plotted to kill James and all the protestant government. The perfect time to do this was at the next meeting at the houses of parliament. They would destroy parliament with all the people in it. They rented a house next to them and started digging a cellar under the houses of parliament. They stored the gunpowder in barrels under the parliament and waited for the day of the meeting.
On the day, Guy Fawkes, an explosives and gunpowder expert, volunteered to light the gunpowder resulting in suicide as well. He was willing to die for his religion and to help all Catholics all around Britain to live happy lives once again.
In the morning of November 5th, he was caught by the authorities protecting the gunpowder from theft. He was tortured and executed in the tower of London the following days.
How did the king know they were plotting to kill him? Many people take the information into consideration and think that the Catholics were framed.
Firstly, many of the Catholics were known as traitors since England was at war with the Catholic country, Spain. It would have been unlikely that they could gather 36 barrels of gunpowder. Even if they did the chances of it being too old to blow up were very high.
Secondly, a letter was sent to one of the members of parliament to stay away from the parliament on that day is believed to be produced by one of the king's officials since it had no signature. Historians suspect that a letter was the perfect tool for the king's...
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