On November 5, 1605, a Catholic revolutionary, Guy Fawkes was arrested for attempting to overthrow the government of King James I. He tried to do this by bombing the Houses of Parliament in London, but failed. In remembrance of that day, it is traditional in the United Kingdom to celebrate his failure with Guy Fawkes Day.
In the following centuries, Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot is described in folk rhymes and literature.
The fifth of November,
The gunpowder, treason, and plot;
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!
Guy Fawkes and his companions
Did the scheme contrive,
To blow the King and Parliament
All up alive.
Threescore barrels, laid below,
To prove old England’s overthrow.
But, by God’s providence, him they catch,
With a dark lantern, lighting a match!
A stick and a stake
For King James’s sake!
If you won’t give me one,
I’ll take two,
The better for me,
And the worse for you.
A rope, a rope, to hang the Pope,
A penn’orth of cheese to choke him,
A pint of beer to wash it down,
And a jolly good fire to burn him.
Holloa, boys! holloa, boys! make the bells ring!
Holloa, boys! holloa boys! God save the King!
Hip, hip, hooor-r-r-ray!
Set in an imagined dystopian and fascist England, Alan Moore’s V for Vendetta attempts to capture the rebellious spirit of humans in the face of authorianism. This book stands as one of the best example of comic books out there and a masterwork from Alan Moore.
Book Title: V for Vendetta
Book Author: Moore, Alan
Dewey Decimal Call Number: FIC MOO
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