Latest Issue

Big bangs

Extracts from memoirs and diaries on 5th November, chosen by Ian Irvine

By Ian Irvine   November 2011

Lewes, East Sussex: the town is renowned for burning an effigy of the Pope on bonfire night

<hr/ >

English lawyer Roger Wilbraham notes in his diary, 5th November 1605

The Lords and the Commons awaited the King’s coming to open the parliament. A week before, the Lord Monteagle imparted to the King and Council, a letter sent to his hands by one unknown & fled wherein he was advised to be absent from the parliament, for undoubtedly some great calamity would happen suddenly by unknown accident. Whereupon the King after one search about Parliament House grew so jealous he…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect