Strange, True and Lamentable

Newes from Exceter and other parts of the Western countreyes shewing how cruelly the resolute Cavaliers have dealt with the inhabitants since the departure of that Right Noble Commander the Earl of Stamford. Published in 1643, this almost tabloid sheet accuses the Royalists of several war crimes committed by in the West Country. The images are crude but quite detailed, the woman pictured with her hair astray in petticoat, bodice and apron. The bareheaded soldier beating his victim is ragged but obviously in his soldier’s coat. The poor man being beaten wears the kind of loin cloth often shown on undressed characters in period woodcuts.


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