Gunpowder Plot in popular culture
The Gunpowder Plot was a failed assassination attempt against King James VI of Scotland and I of England by a group of provincial English Catholics led by Robert Catesby. The main character in the comic book series V for Vendetta, which started in 1982, and its 2006 film adaptation, wore aGuy Fawkes mask. The Eleventh Doctor, Amy Pond and Rory Williams also become involved in the Plot in the Doctor Who: The Adventure Games computer game.
About Gunpowder Plot in popular culture in brief
The Gunpowder Plot was a failed assassination attempt against King James VI of Scotland and I of England by a group of provincial English Catholics led by Robert Catesby. The conspirators’ aim was to blow up the House of Lords at the State Opening of Parliament on 5 November 1605, while the king and many other important members of the aristocracy and nobility were inside. Guy Fawkes, who became most closely associated with the plot in the popular imagination was the conspirator who had been assigned the task of lighting the fuse to the explosives. John Milton, in 1626 at the age of 17, wrote what one commentator has called a \”critically vexing poem\”, In Quintum Novembris. The main character in the comic book series V for Vendetta, which started in 1982, and its 2006 film adaptation, wore aGuy Fawkes mask. The Eleventh Doctor, Amy Pond and Rory Williams also become involved in the Plot in the Doctor Who: The Adventure Games computer game, where the Plot was manipulated by rival aliens the Sontarans and the Rutans to recover a Rutan spaceship that had crash-landed underneath the location where Parliament would be built in the thirteenth century. In the novel, the Doctor later manages to recover and alter one of the Rutan weapons hidden in the ship so it will instead wipe out the RutANS, then gives one weapon to each side, not telling them which is which, meaning that neither side can use them for risk of wiping out themselves. The children’s novel Witch Week – the third novel of the Chrestomanci series – takes place in a world very similar to our own, with the exception of the existence of magic.
In their world, the bombing is erased from history, thereby merging their world with ours and erasing all the troubling events that transpired. At their wits end, they call on the powerful enchanter Chrestomaniac to help them out of the end of the story, but in the end it is revealed that all of the events transpired in their world because it was the Gunpowder plot that caused their world to split off from ours, taking all the magic with it. The film adaptation opening shows a dramatised depiction of Fawkes’s arrest and execution, with Evey narrating the first lines of the poem of Guy Fawkas Night. During their investigation, Fawkes is killed before 5 November while protecting Barbara after she tells him the truth about her presence, but a member of the court who was part of the brotherhood is tried as Fawkes. The Doctor pays one last visit to Fawkes and tells him that the world will remember what he did this day without revealing that he is destined to fail. He tells Fawkes that the Doctor visits to investigate, learning that the plot was aided by a member. of the king’s court—who intended to expose the plot and thus impose more stringent anti-Catholic measures—and a brotherhood of self-styled warlocks who hoped to gain power in the ensuing chaos if the plot succeeded.