I AM currently engaged in a study of the Gunpowder Plot and I hope to end with a brief consideration of the "celebrations" of guy Fawkes Day in this country up to the present day, and their meaning in terms of changing attitudes to Catholicism.
I should be particularly interested to hear from any of your readers who were are at Catholic schools where some form of "celebration" took place: for example I have heard of one Catholic prep school in the 1960s where "Guy Fawkes" was regularly burnt!
Apparently this occurred without any reference to the fact that Guy Fawkes himself was a Catholic...
Elsewhere I have heard of "celebrations" where some sort of historical explanation was offered, and the name Guy Fawkes was not attached to the figure on the bonfire.
Antonia Fraser London