Some notes on a not so ‘Civil War’

Jun 08, 12 Some notes on a not so ‘Civil War’

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The English Civil War : 1642-1651 The Outbreak of War The Civil War in England broke out in in August 1642. On one side stood King Charles I, and his supporters and on the other, men like Oliver Cromwell who believed that the king was a tyrant. War spread to Scotland, Ireland and Wales and lasted nearly nine years. Families and friends found themselves on opposite sides but were prepared to fight each other to the death. Historians still disagree about why war broke out but the following certainly played a part: Government – Charles I believed that God had made him a king and that he had no need to consult Parliament so he ruled without it from 1629 to 1640. This led to a power struggle between him and the Members of Parliament. Religion – England was a Protestant country but Charles I introduced ceremonials and rituals that teemed very Roman Catholic to a lot of people. Those that feared this, fought against the king. Cromwell’s War King Charles raised his standard on 22nd August 1642, declaring war, Oliver Cromwell was made a captain and spent the autumn raising a troop of about sixty horsemen from this area then in October they joined the main army of Parliament. In 1643, Cromwell was made a colonel and put at the head of a cavalry regiment within the Eastern Association, Parliament’s army in East Anglia. For much of the war, he was engaged in almost continuous military service and was hardly ever at home in Ely, He became extremely successful and played a crucial part in some of Parliament’s most important victories. The New Model Army At the start of the war both the King and Parliament relied on private armies being raised by wealthy men to fight in their local area as Cromwell had done in East Anglia. This situation changed in 1645 when Parliament realised that it needed a more organised national army if it was going to defeat the king. The...

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Cromwell Country

Jun 07, 12 Cromwell Country

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The area around Cambridge can definitely be described as “Cromwell Country”. His influence and memory can be seen everywhere. Accordingly we immersed ourselves in exploring his historical legacy today by visiting his house in Ely. It was great to walk through the house where this great man lived, worked and planned the greatest political upheaval in British history. The English Civil war shaped the politics and formed the constitutional Monarchy we see today in modern Britain. Before visiting Cromwell’s house the irony of eating our lunch in small pub calld “The King’s Arms”, just down the road from his house wasn’t lost on us !...

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The Queen … Our Duke

Jun 04, 12 The Queen … Our Duke

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“The Queen, Our Duke” – an odd thing to say, especially in a loyal toast to the English Sovereign. Nonetheless whenever Channel Islanders raise their glasses to her majesty that’s the toast that will be made.

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Jubileeee!

Jun 02, 12 Jubileeee!

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We’ve arrived in Grafham near Cambridge to spend a week in the bucolic splendor of Cambridgeshire. We’ve got a magnificent cottage right in the heart of the countryside. Determined to celebrate the diamond jubilee in splendor we’ve decorated the cottage to be resplendent in the Guernsey and Union...

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