Remember, Remember, the 5th of November!

The Execution of Guy Fawkes by Claes (Nicolaes) Jansz Visscher

This Saturday England celebrates a holiday called Guy Fawkes night, by burning an effigy (of the eponymous Guy Fawkes) and setting off fireworks.  Poor Britain —  unlike most other nations in the world, it has no holiday to celebrate independence from some overbearing empire, er.. ahem.    So Britons must get their sparkler and firework kicks from a holiday that celebrates the murder of a great historical traitor.  Fun!

Guy Fawkes was a part of an attempted coup back in 1605 to overthrow / murder the Protestant King James I and re-establish Catholicism in England. He was caught, tortured, and executed.

Well, life back then was nasty, brutish, and short.

Luckily for us, the gruesome history is scrubbed and polished clean, and all that is left of the Guy Fawkes story is something along the lines of this:

Photo from the Daily Mail website

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