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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

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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…

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