Guy Fawkes et al managed to carry out their dastardly plan?
we’d all be speaking catholic!
I’d do it but I’ve got a bad back
Pretty sure I read recently this was all propaganda and they just invented ‘Guy Fawkes’ as a sort of distraction as the government at the time wasn’t really liked and seen to be untouchable. This made them much more ‘human’ and the ‘Guy’ they hung was just a baddy they were going to hang anyway that looked more sinister than the rest in prison (also didn’t have a tongue to complain about or got given a few wishes before he died to experience because he knew he was for the chop anyway)
This seems entirely plausible. Going by today’s standards this would be a mild case of propaganda.