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John Milton,Lord Fairfax, and the Siege of Colchester 1648

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Happy New Year to all blog readers. Following the interview with Mark Vine, author of the Crabchurch Conspiracy, I will be attending the Crabchurch Conspiracy Weekend from March 2nd-4th 2018 over in Weymouth .


                                John Milton ( 1608- 1674)
                                      'Lord Fairfax and the Siege of Colchester' sonnet XV




 Portrait of John Milton, (c.1639) National Portrait Gallery



                         John Milton ( 1608- 1674)
                                      'Lord Fairfax and the Siege of Colchester' sonnet XV




              Diane Purkiss  stated that  the appearance of  John Milton's 'Paradise Lost '  was  "Among the war's most enduring consequences " ( Appendix 'Questions & Answers' to 'The English Civil War- A People's History - 2006) . The same book also referenced a far lesser known Milton poem- 'Fairfax at the Siege of Colchester', a piece  that has fascinated me on tw…

James Duke of Monmouth poem -Edmund Waller

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  James Duke of Monmouth portrayed in poetry Part I 
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                  On the Duke of Monmouth's Expedition Into Scotland In The Summer Solstice 1679' by Edmund Waller




'        James Duke of Monmouth in Garter Robes' by Sir Peter Lely, courtesy of pinterest.co.uk 




                        Edmund Waller was born in 1606, educated at Eton and Kings College Cambridge, and presented at the Court of King James when he was 18.He became an MP by 1624, and leaned more towards the Parliamentarian side during the disputes of Charles I reign. However once war broke out in 1642,  Waller was in favour of a negotiated settlement  between Parliament and  the King. in 1643, he was arrested for his part in a conspiracy to seize London for Charles I.

Waller had no qualms about bribing fellow MPs and readily implicated his co-conspirators. He had to pay over some £10,000, spent 18 months in the Tower of London, before going into exile in 1644. A collection of his poems was published …