G.O.T: Remember, remember, the fifth of November…

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Yes, the reason why we have the spectacular light displays and ‘penny for the guys’ on Bonfire night is due to the then Catholic’s hatred of this monarch. In 1605, a group of conspirators, (the most famous being Guy Fawkes, who wasnt even the leader), plotted and tried to blow up King and parliament. Of course, they didn’t succeed and were all killed following a hefty bout of torture the next year. Asides from this, it was during his reign that the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for America on the Mayflower and he also proclaimed in 1604 that smoking is harmful to the lungs whilst imposing a tax on tobacco. The juiciest gossip during his rule was that he was having a homosexual relationship with his favourite, George Villiers. Well, from his anti smoking campaign and near death firework experience, he should know better than most that there is no smoke without fire 😉

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6 thoughts on “G.O.T: Remember, remember, the fifth of November…

  1. Ok, when I saw this one in my wordpress thingy, I actually thought you were talking about Guy Fawkes, and was wondering how on earth he was included in a list of Monarchs! As ever, awesome work (where do you find the time?)

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