Jan 31, 1606 Three illustrations in a horizontal alignment. The leftmost shows a woman praying, in a room. The rightmost shows a similar scene. The centre image shows a horizon filled with buildings, from across a river. The caption reads "Westminster". At the top of the image, "The Gunpowder Plot" begins a short description of the document's contents.
On this day 5th November 1605 Guy Fawkes was arrested when around 30 barrels of gunpowder, camouflaged with coal, were discovered in the cellar of London's Parliament. Robert Catesby's small band of Catholic zealots who planned to blow up James I and Parliament were only arrested after Fawkes revealed their names when tortured on the rack. The 'Gunpowder Plot' is commemorated each year in Britain on 5th November 'Guy Fawkes Night'
January 27, 1606: The trial of Guy Fawkes begins. With a small group of English Catholics, Fawkes had plotted to assassinate King James I by blowing up Parliament. Eight conspirators were tried and found guilty. The other 7 were hanged, drawn, and quartered, but Fawkes managed to jump from the gallows and break his neck, avoiding the worst of the punishment. Pictured are the 8 conspirators; Fawkes is third from the right.
NOV. 5, 1605: Guy Fawkes arrested and The Gunpowder Plot of Fawkes and 12 others to blow up Parliament was discovered. image: Unattributed engraving of Guy Fawkes and fellow conspirators of the Gunpowder Plot, 1605
Early in the morning of November 5, Guy Fawkes crept, torch in hand, into the cellar beneath the House of Lords in the Palace of Westminster. In that cellar, he and his fellow conspirators had previously placed a cache of 1800 pounds ((36 barrels, or 800 kg) of gunpowder. Just as he was about to ignite the barrels, blowing himself and the House of Lords to Kingdom Come, the torch was snatched from his hand by a man named Peter Heywood. Fawkes was arrested.