We had a luncheon without wine this time – bloody wine we might have had, but no … we resisted …
… however we had Parliamentary Gunpowder Chicken, Char Grilled Bacon, BBQ sauce with veggies … and a not very scintillating … very tomatoey sauce … or
… “Guy Fawkes” Pie: lamb with steamed vegetables … just looked rather dull …
|The White Chocolate Bombe|
Then to sweeten us up further for the insight into the Conspirators’ Tale of 1605 …
… Iced Chocolate Bombe with Raspberry Coulis and exploding chocolate … the bombe was very sweet, the coulis delicious … but no popping chocolate, or
… a mini barrel of Lemon Posset, Vanilla Wick, with Lemon sorbet and gunpowder … I had this and it was quite tasty … the gun-powder didn’t pop …
Now I say … Wotch yeer historeeeee! This comes next!
The Gunpowder plot of 1605 stems back a further 120 years to Richard III’s death at the Battle of Bosworth 1485 … the last decisive battle of the Wars of the Roses.
Henry VII (1485 - 1509) came next, then Henry VIII – and we know what he did … created the Church of England … so now Britain has two religions vying for supremacy … Catholicism of old, and the Reformation ... offering a new approach to our religious way of life.
Henry VIII (1509 - 1547) effectively remained a Catholic in all but name as Head of the Church of England, though he had used the idea of the new religion in his own desperate attempts in trying to conceive a male heir.
Edward VI (1547 - 1553), his heir, was the third monarch of the Tudor dynasty, but who had been raised as a Protestant – and on accession promoted an obligatory Reform – which continued apace during his Kingship.
Mary (1553 – 1558), Henry VIII’s very Catholic daughter, and Edward’s heir in substance, tried to turn back the tide of Protestantism … but to no avail – the reformed doctrines had been made official.
Elizabeth I (1558 – 1603), Henry VIII’s second daughter and who had been brought up in the Protestant faith, followed the middle path … letting Protestantism take its course.
Elizabeth died childless … her heir was James VI of Scotland – Mary, Queen of Scots’ Catholic son – who became James I (1603 – 1625) from the union of the Scottish and English crowns on 24 March 1603.
Now what? A foolish idea by desperate Catholics to overthrow the sudden unification of the two nations.
Gather a group of Catholics … meet in a pub … decide to do something, swear to get rid of the Protestant King …
|State Opening of Parliament 1523|
The Fixed Term Parliaments Act 2011 has amended the timings … our next general election will occur on 7 May 2015 and the State Opening of Parliament will happen soon afterwards.
|Barrels stacked, kindling ready to help|
… had the ruse worked most of the important people in England would have been annihilated … fortunately – the conspirators let the cat out of the bag by notifying some Catholic big-wigs that they might like to not be present for the opening …
… that the espionage service caught wind of the plot and searched the cellars ... found Guy Fawkes, who held out before giving his co-conspirators away ...
There is a Guy Fawkes room in the White Tower at the Tower of London … and on hearing the talk about the torture that was meted out to Guy Fawkes … my bloody moat resonates to me rather more … I suspect the teacher (speaker) thought he was speaking to young lads – except we were a somewhat different group … I’m glad I’d eaten!
|Guy Fawkes signature - before|
and after torture - frankly
I'm surprised he could write
Part of the State Opening of Parliament today always starts overnight with a ceremonial searching of the cellars …
|Traitors Gate - entrance from the Thames -|
the main transport system
The meal did not match up to the South African we had a fewweeks ago – which really stood out. Different hotel … the chef at the Langham obviously has talent … this was alright (polite euphemism for ok!).
The talk was interesting to say the least … and I’ve only given you a half of it … the history tied in with some of my University of the Third Age classes – funny how much I’m learning …
The meal didn’t really match up – much more could have been made to the menu … still we met some interesting diners and had a fun time …
|A guy being taken to be burnt|
commemorated) on Bonfire Night: I wrote about the Lewes Bonfire Societies in2012 … though I’ve mentioned Guy Fawkes on a few other occasions.
Not such a successful lunch … but we had fun, were entertained at our table, and by the speaker … we were amused!
PS I'm having connectivity issues ... hence my in/out of the blogosphere or internetosphere! It's being resolved so I'll be sporadic for ten days or so ...
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