During my last stay in England, we were astonished by the many fireworks seen on the night of November 5th. It's bonfire, to recall a tragic event.
After Queen Elizabeth I died in 1603, English Catholics who had been persecuted under her rule had hoped that her successor, James I, would be more tolerant of their religion. James I had, after all, had a Catholic mother. Unfortunately, James did not turn out to be more tolerant than Elizabeth and a number of young men, 13 to be exact, decided that violent action was the answer.
A small group took shape, under the leadership of Robert Catesby. Catesby felt that violent action was warranted. Indeed, the thing to do was to blow up the Houses of Parliament. In doing so, they would kill the King, maybe even the Prince of Wales, and the Members of Parliament who were making life difficult for the Catholics. Today these conspirators would be known as extremists, or terrorists.
To carry out their plan, the conspirators got hold of 36 barrels of gunpowder - and stored them in a cellar, just under the House of Lords.
But as the group worked on the plot, it became clear that innocent people would be hurt or killed in the attack, including some people who even fought for more rights for Catholics. Some of the plotters started having second thoughts. One of the group members even sent an anonymous letter warning his friend, Lord Monteagle, to stay away from the Parliament on November 5th. Was the letter real?
The warning letter reached the King, and the King's forces made plans to stop the conspirators.
Guy Fawkes, who was in the cellar of the parliament with the 36 barrels of gunpowder when the authorities stormed it in the early hours of November 5th, was caught, tortured and executed
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tusharkmandal (3171) 2010-11-23 1:44
I like that half second effect. The trailing light and a smiling enjoying face in the background. The pith black background makes the composition very beautiful.
Have a nice time
Nicou (120504) 2010-11-23 2:20
quelle image brūlante3, sueprbe l'effet du dessin avec le pailette, mangiguqe on voit se visage un peu dans le flou, splendide cpatage et maītrise.
bravo et amitié
jhm (138280) 2010-11-23 4:47
I find the portrait of the lady in background soft through the light blurred image.
The firework creation makes these picture absolutely attractive.
Excellent composition, sharpness and clarity are pleasant to look at.
Very well done, TFS.
- Copyright: Claude SIMONIN (CLODO) (30068)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-11-05
- Categories: Festivals
- Camera: Nikon D 90, NIKKOR AF-S 18-200mm F3.5-5.6 G ED
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/2 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Fireworks II, Fireworks of the World [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2010-11-23 1:36