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May 22, 2012

The Kings Majesties Last Message

And Declaration to His Excellency Sir Thomas Fairfax. Printed in London 1647. The King was still hopeful that he could reach a negotiated settlement even though he’d all but lost his forces and the war by this point. He’s wearing a short tabbed doublet under his robes. Tom Fairfax is showing due deference by doffing his hat, which has a neat twisted hat cord, and he wears a short doublet and baldrick belt for his sword, though that isn’t shown. The King still has his sword even though he was in captivity. Fairfax is also wearing a gorget plate under his small shirt band to indicate he’s a military man in case we didn’t know.