Wednesday, 27 January 2016

On This Day In History - 27th January

Humorous History Presents:
On This Day in 1606, Guy Fawkes, along with a few of his other Gunpowder Plot conspirators, was put on trial for attempting to blow up the Houses of Parliament and killing King James I.
Remember, remember, the fifth of November,
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.
In front of a roaring fire, the wood crackling away and spitting embers onto the stone floors, Thirteen conspirators met in secret during the dark nights of 1604. They planned a meticulous strategy to transport 36 barrels of explosive gunpowder into the tunnels beneath the Houses of Parliament. Guy Fawkes would be entrusted to guard and set the fuses, and a route for his escape was mapped out.
The king would die. Parliament would be destroyed. The old order of the Catholic Church would be restored with the King's nine-year-old daughter raised to the thrown as a puppet for their future plans.


On This Day in 1832, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was born. You may not be familiar with that name, but you will be very familiar with the name he wrote under: Lewis Carroll.

Lewis Carroll was most famous for writing Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.

To understand some of Carroll's work, in particular his poems, you need to be drunk whilst chewing a hedgehog and standing on your head.

For example, this, from Jabberwocky:

Twas bryllyg, and ye slythy toves
Did gyre and gymble in ye wabe:
All mimsy were ye borogoves;
And ye mome raths outgrabe.

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