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The Gunpowder Treason

One Minute History

Persecuted by the Protestant monarchy, English Catholic revolutionaries conspire to assassinate King James I and his entire government. The conspirators smuggle two and a half tons of gunpowder into a cellar below the Palace of Westminster, and plan to blow up the House of Lords during the Opening of Parliament on November 5, 1605. An anonymous letter reveals the plot and Guy Fawkes is arrested in the cellar hours before he plans to ignite 36 barrels of gunpowder. Tortured for days at the Tower of London, Fawkes gives up his co-conspirators. They are hung, drawn and quartered in a public execution. To this day, the cellars below the House of Parliament are searched on the day before each State Opening. “Remember, remember, the 5th of November, gunpowder treason and plot. I see no reason why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot.”

Rating: G
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 1 min
Series: One Minute History

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