Person:Guy Fawkes (1)

Guy Fawkes
b.Abt 13 April 1570 York, Yorkshire, England
  1. Anne Fawkes1568 - abt 1568
  2. Guy FawkesAbt 1570 - 1606
  3. Anne Fawkes1572 -
  4. Elizabeth Fawkes1575 -
Facts and Events
Name[1][3] Guy Fawkes
Alt Name[1][3] Guido Fawkes
Alt Name[1] John Johnson
Alt Name[2] Guy Faux
Gender Male
Birth[1] Abt 13 April 1570 York, Yorkshire, EnglandStonegate ( a street in modern York)
Christening? 16 Apr 1570 York, Yorkshire, Englandat St. Michael le Belfrey
Death[1][2][3] 13 Jan 1606 Westminster, London, Middlesex, EnglandOld Palace Yard
Burial[1] His body parts were...distributed to "the four corners of the kingdom", to be displayed as a warning to other would-be traitors.

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Guy Fawkes (; 13 April 1570 – 31 January 1606), also known as Guido Fawkes, the name he adopted while fighting for the Spanish, was a member of a group of provincial English Catholics who planned the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605.

Fawkes was born and educated in York. His father died when Fawkes was eight years old, after which his mother married a recusant Catholic. Fawkes later converted to Catholicism and left for the continent, where he fought in the Eighty Years' War on the side of Catholic Spain against Protestant Dutch reformers in the Low Countries. He travelled to Spain to seek support for a Catholic rebellion in England but was unsuccessful. He later met Thomas Wintour, with whom he returned to England.

Wintour introduced Fawkes to Robert Catesby, who planned to assassinate and restore a Catholic monarch to the throne. The plotters secured the lease to an undercroft beneath the House of Lords, and Fawkes was placed in charge of the gunpowder they stockpiled there. Prompted by the receipt of an anonymous letter, the authorities searched Westminster Palace during the early hours of 5 November, and found Fawkes guarding the explosives. Over the next few days, he was questioned and tortured, and eventually he broke. Immediately before his execution on 31 January, Fawkes jumped from the scaffold where he was to be hanged and broke his neck, thus avoiding the agony of the mutilation that followed.

Fawkes became synonymous with the Gunpowder Plot, the failure of which has been commemorated in Britain since 5 November 1605. His effigy is traditionally burned on a bonfire, commonly accompanied by a firework display.

For more information on his life and the Gunpowder Plot, see the following related websites:

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