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Remember, remember : a cultural history of Guy Fawkes Day

Author: J A Sharpe
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2005.
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"In the early hours of November 5, 1605, Guy Fawkes, an English Catholic who had served with the Spanish army in Flanders, was discovered in a storeroom under the Palace of Westminster - and with him, thirty-six barrels of gunpowder earmarked to obliterate England's royal family, top officials, and members of Parliament gathered for Parliament's opening day. Had this Gunpowder Plot - a Catholic conspiracy against  Read more...
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Named Person: Guy Fawkes; Guy Fawkes
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: J A Sharpe
ISBN: 0674019350 9780674019355
OCLC Number: 61247411
Notes: Originally published in the U.K. under the title: Remember, remember the fifth of November, by Profile Books, 2005.
Description: 230 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents: 1. The evil empire and the enemy within --
2. The plot --
3. Remembering through the seventeenth century --
4. Changing times and the reinvention of Guy Fawkes --
5. The triumph and taming of bonfire night --
6. Winter fires.
Responsibility: James Sharpe.
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"In the early hours of November 5, 1605, Guy Fawkes, an English Catholic who had served with the Spanish army in Flanders, was discovered in a storeroom under the Palace of Westminster - and with him, thirty-six barrels of gunpowder earmarked to obliterate England's royal family, top officials, and members of Parliament gathered for Parliament's opening day. Had this Gunpowder Plot - a Catholic conspiracy against the recently crowned Protestant King James I and his government - succeeded, English history would have been shaped by a terrorist act of unprecedented proportions." "Today Guy Fawkes - whose name has long stood for the conspiracy - is among the most notorious figures in English history, and Bonfire Night, observed every November 5th to memorialize the narrowly foiled Gunpowder Plot, is one of the country's most festive occasions. Why has the memory of this act of treason and terrorism persisted for 400 years? In Remember, Remember James Sharpe takes us back to 1605 and teases apart the tangled web of religion and politics that gave rise to the plot. And, with considerable wit, he shows how celebration of that fateful night, and the representation of Guy Fawkes, has changed over the centuries."--Jacket.

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James Sharpe has written an engaging essay on the changing meaning over the centuries of Guy Fawkes Day, the commemoration on November 5 of England's deliverance from the Gunpowder Plot...Sharpe's Read more...

 
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