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January 3, 2013

All The Memorable Wonderstriking Part 3

Page four’s images move on to the Protestation Oath and the return from prison of the staunch Independants Burton, Bastwick and Prynne. First the Protestation Act of 1640 required that everyone take an oath of allegiance to the King. Every clergyman in the land was to read the Protestation and have his parishioners sign the oath. Here is a typical cleric in preaching gown, black cap and ruff, whilst his parishioners are in a selection of sleeved coats and collared cloaks. No boots on show though and all bareheaded, indicating they are good episcopalians. Generally, only the independents wore headgear at service.

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The second picture shows the three independents who were imprisoned and pilloried for their anti-establishment beliefs after they were released by the Long Parliament. Similar selection of coats (spot the turnback cuffs) and cloaks being worn. Note also the rear marker wearing a ruff.

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January 3, 2013

All The Memorable Wonderstriking Part 2

From the second page of illustrations, two scenes from what became known as the Bishop’s War. The first shows a bunch of soldiers in classic anti-episcopalian action, tearing down altar rails and removing pictures. Strange to think that this army was supposed to be fighting for the new prayerbook and Charles’ ideas of religious reform which included the very things being attacked here. Perhaps it should have made him think his ideas were a tad unpopular? Anyway, these soldiers are well dressed as far as I can tell, slashed sleeves, laced bands and hat plumes are all in evidence here, though the guy with the axe and his colleague stealing the silver from the altar are more simply dressed.

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A classic view of the two armies Scots and English meeting. It wasn’t as cordial as the picture may have you believe, a battle was fought at Newburn which the Scots won, leading to a truce in lieu of a peace treaty for which Charles had to summon the Long Parliament to raise the necessary taxes. A few evident details of soldier’s coats and breeches and a smattering of morion helmets worn by the musketeers of both sides.

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