Boscobel Blockage

No historian has a perfect grasp of the facts, patching over the cracks with educated guesses is one of the key skills. Sometimes this will not do. For my work on Charles’ Stuart’s escape after the battle of Worcester, I reached that point. In my last essay, on the King’s lost weekend, I pointed out that the testimony Charles gave Samuel Pepys 29 years later is suspect but I still trusted Thomas Blount’s 1660 book Boscobel.

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Boscobel D – the Royal Oak.

When Richard Penderill took the King to Boscobel in the pre dawn of September 6th, he was far more than just a guide. The suffering Charles had experienced on the way to Madeley as the blistering of his feet grew worse undermined his spirits. Even before reaching Evelith Mill on the way to Madeley the King had thrown himself to the ground

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Boscobel A – The Story of the Escape

Charles Stuart, King of Scotland and heir to the English throne, famously sheltered in an Oak tree after defeat at the battle of Worcester on 3rd September 1651. The name Royal Oak is said to be the third most popular name for a pub in the country, yet the story of how Charles survived to become Charles II is skipped over in most history books.

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