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Just found a great book on English Civil War

duckweed

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I've been trying to find eyewitness accounts of the war to get a feel of it and found this great book called By the Sword Divided by John Adair. Here's a quote from it.

Lucy Hutchinson writes with disdain, ‘almost all the Parliamentary garrisons were infected and disturbed with like factious little people, insomuch that many worthy gentleman were wearied out of their command, some oppressed by a certain sort of people in the House whom, to distinguish from the most honourable gentleman, they called worsted stocking men.’ Page 178 In the Sword Divided

I can just see Lucy looking at those factious little people. I know what she meant having been on a few committees myself.
 

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I've been trying to find eyewitness accounts of the war to get a feel of it and found this great book called By the Sword Divided by John Adair. Here's a quote from it.

Lucy Hutchinson writes with disdain, ‘almost all the Parliamentary garrisons were infected and disturbed with like factious little people, insomuch that many worthy gentleman were wearied out of their command, some oppressed by a certain sort of people in the House whom, to distinguish from the most honourable gentleman, they called worsted stocking men.’ Page 178 In the Sword Divided

I can just see Lucy looking at those factious little people. I know what she meant having been on a few committees myself.
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Oh those stocking men.
 

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Great obscure insult though. You say to someone this meeting is full of brown stockings and no one knows what you mean.Here's some more quotes


‘O what fears and tears, cries and prayers, night and day, was there in many places, and in my dear mother’s house in particular. I was then about 12 or 13 years of age, and though I was afraid to be killed, yet I was weary of so much fasting and praying’ Joseph Lister in Bradford
They had no desire, in Whitelock’s words, to ‘leave a soft bed, close curtains and a warm chamber to lodge upon the hard and cold earth, to leave the choicest and most delicate fare of meats and wines for a little coarse bread and dirty, with a foul pipe of tobacco, to leave the pleasing discourse and conversation of friends, wives and children for the dreadful whistling of bullets and bodies dropping dead as one’s feet’
 

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Great obscure insult though. You say to someone this meeting is full of brown stockings and no one knows what you mean.Here's some more quotes


‘O what fears and tears, cries and prayers, night and day, was there in many places, and in my dear mother’s house in particular. I was then about 12 or 13 years of age, and though I was afraid to be killed, yet I was weary of so much fasting and praying’ Joseph Lister in Bradford
They had no desire, in Whitelock’s words, to ‘leave a soft bed, close curtains and a warm chamber to lodge upon the hard and cold earth, to leave the choicest and most delicate fare of meats and wines for a little coarse bread and dirty, with a foul pipe of tobacco, to leave the pleasing discourse and conversation of friends, wives and children for the dreadful whistling of bullets and bodies dropping dead as one’s feet’
Duckweed....theres modern men who would pay good money for language like that.:eek:
 

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