Tagged with English civil war

The English Mob

This is a beast that was often talked about in the 16th and 17th century – a faceless, formless mass of the underclass of humanity, threatening but never individually named. It seems it was made up of ‘masterless men’ in a world where everyone was supposed to be settled somewhere, so was either a master … Continue reading

The Civil War and Women’s Rights

The English Civil War was hard on women. In addition to the usual strains of helping run businesses and constant childbirth and childrearing, they had to cope with absent men – 1/4 of them fought in the war. Many of them built barricades and gave money to the battle, but they were treated as they … Continue reading

Revolution and Women

The 17th century in Britain seems to have been a time when women were demanding rights and making a lot of noise and trouble. This is again from Stevie Davies Unbridled Spirits: At the Restoration, as the second Charles rode to his coronation, the conduits on the streets ran with wine. Charles’ procession passed beneath … Continue reading

An Eventful Life

One group of people who are often missed in the history of England’s Civil War were the clerics; The opposing sides, Royalists and Roundheads, were also of opposing branches of Christianity – the established church and the non conformists, so when a town was taken by one group, the opposing clerics were made unemployed and … Continue reading

The Clubmen

The story of the Clubmen is in many ways one that repeats in any war, especially civil, when locals are repeatedly attacked and their food stolen in order to support whichever band of soldiers happen to be passing by. This is a rather biased version, but the details are mostly sound, again from Highways and … Continue reading

Milton’s Offered Bribe

During the English Civil War, Prince Rupert defeated the Parliamentarians at Brentford and was threatening London, causing widespread panic in the capital. It inspired Milton to write the following poem, which he was to fix to the door of his home in Aldersgate, hoping to save it: Captain, or Colonel, or Knight in Arms, Whose … Continue reading

Making the Portugese Piggy in the Middle

Making the Portugese Piggy in the Middle

Following the execution of King Charles for treason, the king’s nephew Prince Rupert  became Lord High Admiral even though he was a soldier. He led a poorly equipped fleet crewed by English cavaliers and Irish adventurers but he had no safe port, so took to piracy. He sent Sir Arnold Delisle to the king of … Continue reading