Alison's Books - BY THE SWORD

Snippets and posts about BY THE SWORD, a historical romance set during the English Civil War (1651) First Published 2007
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Harvington Hall is the inspiration for "SEVEN WAYS".  This "priest hole" is used by Giles Longley to hide after the Battle of Worcester.  In reality ingenious Priest Hide is located in Dr Dodd’s Library. This hide, behind a swinging beam,  would once have been hidden by paneling, book shelves and book cupboard doors.  The priest-hides were built in the time of Humphrey Pakington, at the end of the 16th Century,   when it was high treason for a Catholic priest to be in England.

An ingenious Priest Hole in Dr Dodd’s Library at Harvington Hall, Chaddesley…

Battle of Worcester, 3rd September 1651 by Chris Collingwood.    Charles II rides out to lead his army including many Scots who fought on his side.

On this day in 1651 the Battle of Worcester is fought during the Third English Civil War, Oliver Cromwell and the Parliamentarians defeated the Royalist, predominantly Scottish, forces of King Charles II. The Royalist forces were overwhelmed.

The rare wanted posted - issued by Oliver Cromwell demanding the capture of Charles II - sold for £33,000 at auction

Ravishing baroque portraits of Stuart women who inhabited the court of 'merry monarch' Charles II to be shown at Hampton Court exhibition

The Battle of Worcester took place on 3 September 1651 at Worcester, England and was the final battle of the English Civil War. Oliver Cromwell and the Parliamentarians defeated the Royalist, predominantly Scottish, forces of King Charles II. The 16,000 Royalist forces were overwhelmed by the 28,000 strong "New Model Army" of Cromwell.

Battle of Worcester Cromwell won against Charles II of Scotland who didn't accept the Republic in England. Parliament now controls Scotland, England and Wales. Charles II escaped to Europe.

Harvington Hall cut away showing the priest holes

One of the best places to see priest holes is in Harvington Hall, pictured above. Harvington is an Elizabethan manor house built by a devote Catholic during the

Harvington Hall is the inspiration for the house "Seven Ways" in By the Sword

Harvington Hall is the inspiration for the house "Seven Ways" in By the Sword

The Battle of Worcester, 3 September 1651 by Thomas Woodward

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Painted walls inside the Commandery at Worcester. This one shows the devil and Mary arguing over a soul

Painted walls inside the Commandery at Worcester. This one shows the devil and Mary arguing over a soul

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English civil war | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

English civil war | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

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