The Gunpowder Plot was a failed assassination attempt against King James I of England in an attempt to restore a Catholic monarch to country. On the 26th October 1605 an anonymous letter was sent to William Parker, a member of the house of Lords, warning of the Catholics intentions to assassinate James I by blowing up parliament with a large amount of explosives. This letter was later revealed to the King and the plot was terminated by the 4th November when one of the Catholic plotters, Guy Fawkes, was discovered in the House of Lords with 36 barrels of gunpowder. This event is celebrated to this day in England every November 5th, the date Guy Fawkes was executed and then hung, drawn, and quartered. Although the anonymous letter was obviously from one of the Catholic plotters of heavy conscience, the letter remained anonymous with no historian being able to figure out the identity of the author.