Remember; remember the 5th of November with Guy Fawkes apps on iPad. As the traditional English event of Guy Fawkes, bonfire night comes around again we thought it would be a good idea to let you in on some available apps. Guy Fawkes (1570 – 1606), also known as Guido Fawkes, the adopted Italian version of his name, and in his memorandum described James I as “a heretic”, who intended “to have the entire Papist sect driven out of England. He belonged to a group of provincial English Catholics who planned the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605. Fawkes became synonymous with the Gunpowder Plot, which has been commemorated in England since 5 November 1605. His effigy is often burned on a bonfire, commonly accompanied by a firework display.
Fawkes was born and educated in York. He fought in the Eighty Years’ War on the side of Catholic Spain against Protestant Dutch reformers. He traveled to Spain to seek support for a Catholic rebellion in England but was unsuccessful. He later met Thomas Wintour, with whom he returned to England. Wintour introduced Fawkes to Robert Catesby, who planned to assassinate King James I and restore a Catholic monarch to the throne. Prompted by the receipt of an anonymous letter, the authorities searched Westminster Palace during the early hours of 5 November, and found Fawkes guarding the explosives. Over the next few days, he was questioned and tortured, and eventually he broke. Immediately before his execution on 31 January, Fawkes jumped from the scaffold where he was to be hanged and broke his neck, thus avoiding the agony of the drawing and quartering that followed. Here are a couple of great Guy Fawkes apps we thought might interest readers.
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Guy Fawkes by Andrews UK Limited is the ideal reference guide to the events of the 5th of November 1605, when Guy Fawkes and his conspirators planned to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London. This special enhanced iPad version allows the user to choose the text size for customized reading and gives the user the chance to view chapters and continue reading from the last chapter viewed. Optimized for iPad, this is an ideal way for readers to find out all there is to know about the story behind Guy Fawkes. To find out more, visit the App Store and download for £1.49/$1.99.
Guy Fawkes by The Rev. Thomas Lathbury, M.A., by Andrews UK Limited is an informative book app compatible with the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. This book looks at the state of the country at the time of the conspiracy, the people involved, and its impact on the country. Find out about the plotters that secured the lease to an undercroft beneath the House of Lords, and Fawkes being placed in charge of the gunpowder they stockpiled there. Learn about Guy Fawkes when he was younger and how Fawkes managed to jump from the gallows, breaking his neck in the fall and thus avoiding the agony of the latter part of his execution. The facts behind his lifeless body quartered by custom, and his body parts were then distributed to “the four corners of the kingdom”, to be displayed as a warning to other would-be traitors. For £0.69/$0.99 at the App Store, this application is great way to learn about this famous occasion.
Remember, remember the Fifth of November, the Gunpowder Treason and Plot, I see no reason why the Gunpowder Treason should ever be forgot. On 5 November 1605, Londoners were encouraged to celebrate the King’s escape from assassination by lighting bonfires. Although he was only one of 13 conspirators, Fawkes is today the individual most associated with the failed Plot. Fawkes is sometimes referred to as “the only man ever to enter Parliament with honest intentions”. With useful apps you can show off to others about your knowledge of this famous conspirator and why the English burn an effigy normally created by children, from old clothes, newspapers, and a mask, asking strangers for “a penny for the Guy”or a pound in todays financial climate.