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January 31st, 1606: Guy Fawkes and three of his co-conspirators, having been found guilty of treason

January 31st, 1606: Guy Fawkes and three of his co-conspirators, having been found guilty of treason, were dragged from the Tower of London to the Old Palace Yard at Westminster. They had been sentenced to be drawn, hanged and quartered.

Fawkes’ associates went to the scaffold first. When it was Fawkes’ turn, he managed to climb high enough that, upon jumping from the scaffold, his neck broke and thus he was spared the more gruesome aspects of his sentence.

His body was nevertheless quartered and the pieces distributed across the kingdom to serve as a warning.