Gunpowder Plot
The Discovery of the Gunpowder Plot, painting by Henry Perronet Briggs

On this day in history…

1514 – Mary Tudor, sister of Henry VIII, was crowned Queen of France. She had married King Louis XII at Abbeville on the 9th October 1514. The marriage was rather short-lived as Louis died on the 1st January 1515 and Mary went on to marry Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk.

You can read more about Mary in the following articles:-

1605 – The Gunpowder Plot – On the night of 4th/5th November, Guy Fawkes was caught with 36 barrels of gunpowder in the cellars beneath Westminster. The idea was to blow up the House of Lords at the opening of Parliament on the 5th November and assassinate King James I.

You can read more about the plot at “The Gunpowder Plot”.

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7 thoughts on “5th November – On this Day in History…”
  1. And on this day in history, 28 years ago, I got married, not ancient history I know, though sometimes it seems such a long long time ago lol. Hubby never got an excuse for forgetting either with it being a memorable day in history!!! There certainly would be fireworks if he did…
    Did you know that 4th of November is called mischief night in Britain, were kids go out and play pranks, supposedly because of the plot being put in place. It also has many other names such as Devil’s night and Hell’s night many more too.

    1. Happy anniversary, Dawn! Yes, I forgot to mention Mischief Night, thanks for mentioning it. I read about it but when I was a kid we just celebrated Bonfire Night, perhaps my parents thought that it was best not to tell me about mischief night!

      1. Thank you Claire, no I wasn’t allowed to go out make mischief either, could be I got up to enough every day… lol

  2. happy belated anniversary, DAwn. Oh, I love the idea of mischief night–I guess we do that on Halloween. Do you think Mary Tudor really did ‘overtax’ her elderly husband into the grave?

    1. Thank you Anne. I have read that in North America they have a mischief night on 30th October. I think with a beautiful, young wife and copious amounts of celebrations that maybe Louis ‘overtaxed’ himself.. hehe.

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