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KeepYourPowderDry16 Jul 2023 9:37 p.m. PST

Latest outing for the ECWtravelogue was down to the Cotswolds and the Battle of Stow-on-the-Wold link


takeda33317 Jul 2023 12:31 p.m. PST

Thank you, interesting read.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP17 Jul 2023 1:40 p.m. PST

"…Royalist occupation of Oxford." Can the King not occupy any of his cities? Would not … use of the city as his capital be more appropriate? Seems to be a bit of pro Parliament bias amongst
modern historians or plaque makers.

KeepYourPowderDry17 Jul 2023 8:20 p.m. PST

Charles' use of Oxford was very much an occupation. Despite the city being loyal to the crown, the treatment of the residents was appalling. The city population tripled overnight, at times even more so. Soldiers were billeted (and often residents were not paid for this), then of course boredom and alcohol entered the equation and you can understand why residents were unhappy. Theft, damage, sexual assaults, food shortages, plague, dysentry,the list goes on – all as a direct consequence of the occupation.

So unhappy that the governors required a bodyguard to protect against attacks from the population of Oxford.

As for pro-Parliamentarian bias? Stow Civic Society were responsible for the plaque in question. A conservative (small c), educated and traditional group. There's no bias there.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP20 Jul 2023 7:57 a.m. PST

Many thanks for the extra information.There is much about the ECW that we across the pond are not privy to.

Lapsang01 Aug 2023 10:47 p.m. PST

'You have done your work, boys, and may go play, unless you will fall out among yourselves'

For a man of few words this ,together with Astley's prayer at Edgehill, provides the perfect pair of book-ends to the First Civil War.

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