Bruno Ryves (1596-1677) Mercurius Rusticus; or the Countries Complaint of the Barbarous Outrages committed by the Sectaries of this late flourishing Kingdom (1685) Classmark: SPEC H46A.70.
Bruno Ryves was a member of the clergy and staunch royalist. Between June and December 1943, Ryves edited nineteen numbers of this periodical, which were republished in 1646, 1647, and 1685. The right image shows the illustrated title page, which includes the fortification of Oxford and Cambridge, the plundering of three great houses, the Battle of Edgehill (bottom panel), and the humiliation of ministers of religion (one is forced to ride on a bear). This publication was countered by the poet and satirist George Wither.
Having at first entrance violated their Loyalty to their King (according to his Majesties frequent predictions) their fellow Subjects cannot expect Justice at their hands: Now all is lawful prize that comes to hand, Money, Plate, Jewels, many suits of rich Hangings, Linnen, Bedding, they plunder from the Cabinet to the Larder, and make clean work as they go, leaving no Booty for a second plunder.
Ryves description of parliamentarian plundering in Sir Richard Mynshall's home, Buckinghamshire, August 1642 (p. 38)
Image from the British Museum.
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Thomas Wentworth Strafford (1593-1641) The Earle of Straffords speech on the scaffold before he was beheaded on Tower-hill, the 12 of May, 1641 (1641). Classmark: SPEC Knows. pamph 437(15)
The 1st Earl of Strafford, Thomas Wentworth, was a significant figure in the lead up to the events of the Civil War. He was a member of Parliament and loyal to King Charles I.
From 1632-1640, he was the Lord Deputy of Ireland. His rule was considered to be successful in reducing the influence of the rich over the poor in Ireland; however, it was enforced using unpopular methods, such as awarding English colonists land once belonging to Irish landowners, and suppressing the cloth trade to ensure that the English counterpart thrived.
On his return to England he became an advisor to the King and aimed to secure the King's position against Parliament. Parliament sentenced Strafford to death by bill of attainder, and Charles signed the death warrant reluctantly, but believing that there was no other option. It is believed that Charles I believed his own execution some eight years later was partly punishment for Strafford's death.
Image: An engraving by Wenceslas Hollar depicting the execution of Strafford.
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