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The Gunpowder Plot was a failed attempt to blow up England’s King James I (1566-1625) and the Parliament Building on November 5, 1605. Below are some more facts and information on the Gunpowder Plot or alternatively download our comprehensive worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
- The Gunpowder Plot was organized by Robert Catesby because he wanted to end the persecution of Roman Catholics by the English government.
- Robert Catesby recruited more as the meeting of Parliament approached, including Francis Tresham. He warned his Catholic brother-in-law Lord Monteagle not to attend Parliament that day but he alerted the government about the plot.
- At around midnight of November 4-5, Sir Thomas Knyvet, a justice of the peace, found Guy Fawkes lurking in a cellar under Parliament and ordered the premises be searched.
- Guy Fawkes and the other conspirators rented a house right by the Houses of Parliament and put 36 barrels of gunpowder into a cellar of the House of Lords.
- Guy Fawkes was left in the cellars to set off the fuse. He was only caught when a group of guards checked the cellars at the last moment.
- Thirty six barrels of gunpowder were found as was Guy Fawkes who was hiding the barrels under coal and wood.
- During a torture session on the rack, Guy Fawkes revealed that he was a participant in an English Catholic conspiracy to destroy England’s Protestant government and replace it with Catholic leadership.
- The government also learned of the identities of the other people involved. They were captured, put on trial and sentenced to be hung, drawn and quartered in London.
- The other conspirators were Robert and Thomas Wintour, Thomas Percy, Christopher and John Wright, Francis Tresham, Everard Digby, Ambrose Rookwood, Thomas Bates, Robert Keyes, Hugh Owen and John Grant.
- Before Guy Fawkes’ execution on January 31, 1606, he jumped from a ladder while climbing to the gallows, broke his neck and died.
- Parliament declared November 5 as a day of public thanksgiving in 1606.
- Today, Guy Fawkes Day is celebrated across Great Britain every year in remembrance of the Gunpowder Plot. Bonfires are lit, fireworks set off, and effigies of Guy Fawkes are burnt to celebrate his failure to blow Parliament and James I.
The Gunpowder Plot Worksheets
This bundle contains 12 ready-to-use Gunpowder Plot Worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about the The Gunpowder Plot which was a failed attempt to blow up England’s King James I (1566-1625) and the Parliament Building on November 5, 1605.liberties of all Americans.
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- The Gunpowder Plot Facts
- Story Favorites
- Fill in the Blanks
- Character Building
- The Gunpowder Plot Anagram
- Fact or Bluff
- History Rewind
- Word Search
- Who Am I?
- Let’s Celebrate
- Story Map
- History in Rhyme
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