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The Real Guy Fawkes

The Real Guy Fawkes

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As a biographer, Holland—also known for a book on Anne Brontë—is firmly in the camp of those who see the times as shaping individuals, not vice versa. She has written for the Guardian, Huffington Post and the F-Word blogs, and has worked for various media outlets such as the BBC, Channel 4 and for ITV News/ITN.

I, however, enjoyed it, especially as the whole biography is a good mix of analytical and narrative which works well. Mr Holland effectively places Guy Fawkes at third in command next to Robert Catesby and Thomas Wintour in the ranks of the conspirators.Non-fiction is a slippery genre for many people, often considered too boring in contrast with the much popular Fiction. The use of prophecy in the work is related to the act of necromancy, which distinguishes Ainsworth from earlier authors, who incorporated Catholic superstitions in their use of the gothic. It was a bit of a textbook/history class type read, but this could be because I first listened to an audio book based on Guy Fawkes, but with magic.

This book is about the name “Guy” and its slow, mostly unnoticed development over four centuries since it began on November 5, 1605, with the suddenly famous Guy Fawkes, who was arrested just in time just before he could light the fuse on 36 barrels of gunpowder to blow up the House of Lords.Ainsworth's novel transformed Fawkes into an "acceptable fictional character", and Fawkes subsequently began to appear in children's books and penny dreadfuls.

As Holland explains, this was very bad timing for Fawkes, who likely converted to Catholicism after his father died in 1577, possibly the result of his mother's remarriage to a recusant. Although his work focuses on Fawkes, one of Holland's contributions is to deemphasize Fawkes, whose military background made him good with munitions, but whose diminished social status would made him an unlikely master planner. Gunpowder Plots covers similar ground to Sharpe's book, with essays exploring the reasons why November the fifth has outlasted all our other national commemorations, including Waterloo Day and Empire Day, looking at the folkloric aspects of the festival, and offering a brief history of fireworks. Firework Night, Bonfire Night, Gunpowder Plot Anniversary (not as catchy), and most famously, Guy Fawkes Day.Hatred of government policies is another common factor, driving a desire for vengeance in a spectacular way that will destabilise the country.



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