Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Tom's History Blog: A Twisted Side of the English Civil War

Tom loves history, and recently he learned about a twisted side to the English Civil War. So, we're sharing the history lesson with you. 

What is the English Civil War?  The English Civil Wars (1642-1651) stemmed from conflict between Charles I and Parliament over an Irish insurrection. The first war was settled with Oliver Cromwell’s victory for Parliamentary forces at the 1645 Battle of Naseby. The second phase ended with Charles’ defeat at the Battle of Preston and his subsequent execution in 1649. Charles’ son, Charles, then formed an army of English and Scottish Royalists, which prompted Cromwell to invade Scotland in 1650. The following year, Cromwell shattered the remaining Royalist forces and ended the “wars of the three kingdoms,” though Charles II eventually ascended to the throne in 1660.

Tom said:
Woodcut produced during the English Civil WarCr: http://spartacus-educational.com
    I was watching a documentary about the English Civil War.  In the beginning, just as the unrest was starting, the Archbishop of Canterbury (close friend of Charles I) wanted to bring back some of the Catholic trappings - stained glass, statuary, gilded furnishings, etc. which the Puritans had stripped from the churches. 
    If anyone published anything derogatory about the Church of England, they would have their ears cut off.  
  So the Puritans would publish etchings of the Archbishop eating boiled ears to stir up the unrest (below). 

  In retaliation, the Puritans would break into churches, break open the tombs, desecrate the bodies by smashing and stomping on the bones and corpses, cut of the hair of the corpses and tie them to their hats and parade around in the streets.  

  Really sick times back in those days.

Here's a link substantiating the sentence of cutting off one's ears for speaking out against the Church.

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
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Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

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