Guy Fawkes is the name most associated with the 1605 Gunpowder Plot - the attempt by Guy Fawkes and others like Thomas Wintour, Everard Digby and Thomas Percy to blow up the king, James I, and members of Parliament. Guy Fawkes was literally caught on the spot and a 'guy' is still burned on bonfires - lit to celebrate the 'miraculous' survival of James I.
Education, educational achievement/failure, schools and class have been a common topic for recent sociological research. In January 2008 research by the BBC showed that: White working class boys were failing in schools; GCSE data on pupils receiving free school meals released by the government show only 15% of white working class boys in England got five good GCSEs including maths and English last year; among white boys from more affluent homes - 45% achieved that level of qualification; poorer pupils from Indian and Chinese backgrounds fared much better - with 36% and 52% making that grade respectively; ministers say they are narrowing the gap between affluent and poorer pupils.
The unexpected death of Prince Arthur threw the plans of Henry VII into disarray. Henry VII wanted a strong bond with Spain so that France would feel surrounded by two potential enemies. This, Henry believed, would stop France helping claimants to the throne such as Perkin Warbeck. Opponents to the Tudors had gathered in Paris to plan their next course of action and Henry wanted to put a stop to this by 'leaning' on the French monarchy.
Women in 1900 Despite the activities of the Suffragettes and the support of the Labour Party and some members of the Liberal Party, women still had very few rights in 1900 and certainly no political rights. In fact, the activities of the Suffragettes lost women the support of many people, including women, who viewed what they did with alarm.
Sir Francis Walsingham was a government administrator in the reign of Elizabeth I. Walsingham is principally remembered for his part in the trial and execution of Mary, Queen of Scots. Walsingham was born around 1532. His father, William, was a lawyer. Walsingham was well-educated and attended King's College, Cambridge from 1548 to 1550.
Tangmere was a Battle of Britain fighter 'plane base during World War Two. It was based near Chichester, West Sussex. Tangmere under attack in 1940 Tangmere had been a training base for pilots in the RAF before the war. It had been a popular posting for pilots because of its pleasant site in Sussex. The first few months of the war did not see a settled squadron at Tangmere.