Saturday, November 05, 2005

A man of his time

Now I have a game for you.

Who is this man? What is his signifigance in history, bearing in mind today's date? And it's a big anniversary for him too.

The first one (out of the two or three who read this) who answers correctly will gain my high esteem as a blog-renown historian and yes, a blog written in their honor.

Hint: The piece of architecture in the background is highly pertinent.

Good luck!


Andy said...

An excellent clue, Cindy!

November 5th is known as "Bonfire Night" or "Guy Fawkes Night", and all over Britain people fire off fireworks, light bonfires, and burn effigies of Guy Fawkes.

Fawkes was an Englishman who, in popular legend, tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament with barrels of gunpowder. He was caught, imprisoned, tortured on the rack, and finally executed.

In fact, I am currently reading a book about "The Gunpowder plot" and, as usual, popular legend may have got in the way of the truth.

Cynthia said...

Great job! As I would have guessed, you are the only one to answer and correctly. I'd like to hear more about this book, especially how this plot may have become more urban legend than not.

Andy said...

The name of the book is "Faith and Treason : The Story of the Gunpowder Plot" by Antonia Frasier. I am only halfway through it but it is a fascinating read.

I'm looking forward to being the subject of a blog posting! Be kind... :-)