Guy Fawkes for 1859

Guy Fawkes for 1859


Wood engraving

Punch (12 November 1859): 202

Napoleon III, helped by Victor Emmanuel of Italy on the left, lights the bonfire for Guy Fawkes Night, the annual celebration of the end of the Gunpowder Plot to blow up the House of Lords and assassinate King James I. In this political comment, the "guy" is Pope Pius IX, rumoured to have threatened to excommunicate Napoleon for agreeing with Francis Joseph of Austria that large parts of the Papal States could be incorporated into a new state of central Italy.

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