It’s a Riot!

Now, I’ve only been to Oxford once, but during that trip I gleaned that there was a bit of tension between the students and the so-called ‘townies’. Even on the most difficult days, however, it probably hasn’t resulted in bloodshed with an actual honest-to-god body count, except on February 10, 1355, when the St. Scholastica Day riot exploded. I’m guessing there had been some problems … Continue reading It’s a Riot!

Remember, Remember the Fifth of November…

…the gunpowder, treason and plot! On November 5, 1605, one of the more absurd royal assassination attempts was thwarted when Guy Fawkes was discovered packing the basement of Parliament with gunpowder. His (and the other conspirators’) intent was to blow up the building during the State Opening, killing King James I, several members of the royal family, members of the Privy Council, members of the … Continue reading Remember, Remember the Fifth of November…