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V for Vendetta is a ten-issue dystopian comic book series written by Alan Moore and illustrated mostly by David Lloyd, set in a dystopian future United Kingdom imagined from the 1980s to about the 1990s. A mysterious revolutionary who calls himself "V" works to destroy the totalitarian government, profoundly affecting the people he encounters. Warner Bros. released a film adaptation in 2006.
Guy Fawkes (13 April 1570 – 31 January 1606) was born and educated in York. His father died when Fawkes was eight years old, after which his mother married a recusant Catholic. Fawkes later converted to Catholicism and left for the continent, where he fought in the Eighty Years' War on the side of Catholic Spain against Protestant Dutch reformers.
On 31 January 1606, Fawkes and three others – Thomas Wintour, Ambrose Rookwood, and Robert Keyes – were dragged from the Tower on wattled hurdles to the Old Palace Yard at Westminster, opposite the building they had attempted to destroy. His fellow plotters were hanged, drawn and quartered. Fawkes was the last to stand on the scaffold. He asked for forgiveness of the King and state, while keeping up his "crosses and idle ceremonies", and aided by the hangman began to climb the ladder to the noose. Although weakened by torture, 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. His lifeless body was nevertheless quartered, and as was the custom, his body parts were then distributed to "the four corners of the kingdom", to be displayed as a warning to other would-be traitors.
Originally posted by BrianDamage
so the connection petty much fails beyond that point.
Originally posted by lewman
I take it that this thread has been put up for those who were not schooled in the United Kingdom, although I was unaware of the jumping from the gallows part so I suppose you deserve a star and flag for that bit of info.
Originally posted by TheOffGridKid
What I find fascinating about this, which has never occured to me before is;
If he'd succeeded in assassinating king James in 1606, then there'd be no King James Bible in 1611.
I believe King James made amendments when translating to fit in with his vision Of England. So I wonder how different things would be with out that particular translation?
Originally posted by thoughtsfull
What worries me is the Fawkes links to Roman Catholicism it almost seems the anarchists are the face of the Vatican..
(tho going on the number of conspiracy theories thrown around about the Vatican and how all road lead to Rome it wouldn't be surprising )
Tho, Fawkes is not going to the face of anarchists down here... both, the Pope and Fawkes along with the whole political elite (left and right) end up on the bonfires around here...
But then again, no one really does the 5th like Lewisians taking any excuse the blow things up..
Originally posted by Rossa
reply to post by Misterlondon
Love it, flag for you- I am very partial to the V for Vendetta movie, as its slight twist has unique bearing on our current political environment here in the states. And to be truthful the movie itself is a darn good watch.
Originally posted by Agarta
When I was 5-8 I lived at Bentwaters-Woodbridge in England and one of my fondest memories was this remembrance. First seeing a massive pier of wood with a chair and a "Straw Man" sitting on it in the middle of a giant clearing with lots and lots of people singing and dancing and walking around. Then at dusk the pier set ablaze to light the evening and night sky. WOW!! It is an image that is fondly burnt into my memory. Everyone should experience this at least once in their life.