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.
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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.
And another one. http://www.britpolitics.co.uk/causes-of-the-civil-war