As a child I was obsessed with England…and France…and Egypt, the travel bug bit me hard when I was young. Thankfully, Matthew Thornton Elementary School was great at teaching me all about history and culture. My obsession got a bit weird when my advance learners group had our “Eminent People Day” presentations; I glued on facial hair and went as William Shakespeare. But hey, who doesn’t like to get into character and play the role of an eight-year-old’s lifetime? My teachers honed my interest and taught our class the meaning behind childhood songs like “Ring a Ring o’ Roses” and of course this English verse:
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!
Although this gem wasn’t written down until nearly 200 years after the event, no one has forgotten the terrorist Guy Fawkes. Nowadays, at least in America, we remember it because of good quality entertainment by way of cinema not verse (sorry Shakespeare).
V for Vendetta (2005)
My creative writing teacher introduced me to V for Vendetta. It was life changing. It is based on a Graphic Novel, which is now a personal favorite. Question everything and trust no one are huge take-a-ways from both. That sounds ominous but it is not as bleak as it sounds there are great fight scene, a love story/exploration of the human condition, and political corruption. Plus, it will make you love capes and masks more than Phantom of the Opera!
Gunpowder Treason & Plot (2004)
This plot is a more about Mary Queen of Scots but it is very well done. Clémence Poésy is as gorgeous as ever with her sidepiece the Mcsteamy-McDreamy Kevin McKidd. Honestly do you really need to know more…royals, love, battling for rule of two thrones…come on, right there it is a must see.
Gunpowder Plot (2017)
Guys, Kit Harrington is the main character! Seriously, aside from managing Game of Thrones withdrawal (I binged the whole series over the last few months), the entire cast does an excellent job with bonus points for being very historically accurate. Be aware that this has nudity and graphic depictions of the venomous anti-Catholic torture and anti-Protestant murdering, but that is true to historically records.
It’s never too late to join me in the viewing party so grab some of my favorite popcorn and put on one of these boss masks and start bingeing.
Boss Guy Fawkes Masks
Instructions: click to enlarge, save image, print, cut-out (eyes too, duh), punch holes, add string, look fly
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