The fifth of November,
The Gunpowder treason and plot;
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!
It’s that time of the year again. November 5th is knows as the Guy Fawkes day. Do you belong to the people that don’t know the story and want to learn more about it? Are you a fan of everything Guy Fawkes? Or are you looking for a story with a twist?
No matter which kind of reader you are, we’ve got you covered. Here are some of the best Guy-Fawkes-themed books that are out there.
Guy Fawkes: The Gunpowder Plot
Let’s start with the history. Guy Fawkes:The Gunpowder Plot is a well-researched book that will lay out the setting and the story as we know it. Here’s where you’ll find details about what happened on November 5, 1605.
Thomas Fawkes is turning into stone. The Plague is upon him, and his only chance of cure lies within the plot that his father, Guy Fawkes, is a part of: the King must die.
England, 1600s. The world is much different than what we know.
People have the ability to control colors. But the world is divided; the Keepers control only one color, whereas the Igniters control all of them. The Keepers believe that White Light, the source and beginning of all color power, should be kept hidden. The Igniters believe White Light should be used. Both parties bold in their beliefs, it doesn’t take long for violence to break out.
The king is an Igniter, persecuting every Keeper that refuses to either be converted, or flee the country. And this is how it all starts for Thomas.
Thomas Fawkes will soon find himself in the middle of two powers within his conscience. Are his father and their team right about this? Is violence really the only way? As the White Light starts talking to him, he finds himself wondering whether that power is actually evil. Is it possible that he has made the wrong decision? Or is the White Light a cunning, lying source of power?
This is an inventive retelling of the story of Guy Fawkes, as seen from his alleged son’s perspective. With original powers set on the story, it becomes much more than historical fiction. Imaginative, smart, and emotionally provoking, this is a very interesting book to read.
V for Vendetta
You didn’t expect a Guy Fawkes list without this iconic work, did you? V for Vendetta is a dystopian story based on Guy Fawkes. Filled with analogies and political messages, V for Vendetta paints a bleak but honest picture of what our world could come to look like. Do you dare have a peek?
Faith and Treason: The story of the Gunpowder plot
Back to historical facts, we find Antonia Fraser’s Faith and Treason. Here, we follow the story that unraveled, leading to the fateful night of November 5 with a colorful twist: Antonia Fraser narrates this like a detective story. And comes to some thought-provoking conclusions.
Pity for The Guy: A Biography of Guy Fawkes
If you know all these things and want a straight-on biography to dive deeper, here’s the book for you. In Pity for The Guy, John Paul Davis attempts to shine light to other aspects of Guy Fawkes’ life. Since history remembers him as the ‘bad guy’, here’s a chance to see him as something more than that.
A little something extra: If this list was too short for you, you can find some more books about Guy Fawkes here.