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The history behind the Gunpowder Plot

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

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