Memoirs of the Verney Family During the Civil War Vol 1 Frances Parthenope Verney

ISBN: 9781845749163

Published: November 4th 2010

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418 pages


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Memoirs of the Verney Family During the Civil War Vol 1  by  Frances Parthenope Verney

Memoirs of the Verney Family During the Civil War Vol 1 by Frances Parthenope Verney
November 4th 2010 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 418 pages | ISBN: 9781845749163 | 8.78 Mb

More than any other family, the Verneys - a dynasty of Buckinghamshire squires - embody the tragic conflicts and divided loyalties of the English Civil War. The family patriarch, Sir Edmund Verney, was a courtier and former close friend of KingMoreMore than any other family, the Verneys - a dynasty of Buckinghamshire squires - embody the tragic conflicts and divided loyalties of the English Civil War. The family patriarch, Sir Edmund Verney, was a courtier and former close friend of King Charles I, even accompanying Charles on his fruitless marriage mission to Madrid when he attempted to woo the Spanish Infanta.

However, as MP for Wycombe, Verney often found himself in opposition to Royal policy - and as a staunch Protestant particularly deplored Charles devotion to High Anglicanism and Bishops. However, when the push of Parliamentary politics came to the shove of Civil War, Verney reluctantly placed his loyalty to the Crown above his conscience, telling a friend: For my part I do not like the quarrel and do heartily wish that the King would yield and consent to what they Parliament] desire...

but] I have eaten his bread and served him near thirty years, and will not do so base a thing as to forsake him- and choose rather to lose my Life (which I am sure I shall do) to preserve and defend those things, which are against my conscience to preserve and defend. Sure enough, in accordance with his own prophecy Verney did die in the Civil Wars first battle, Edgehill. According to legend, he defended the Royal Standard so stoutly that his severed hand was found still clutching it after the battle.

Verneys eldest son and heir, Sir Ralph, also an MP, was a stout Parliamentarian- but his younger brother, Edmund junior. was a passionate Royalist who died at the hands of Cromwells troops in the massacre that followed the storming of Drogheda in Ireland. This two-volume family history, published in 1892, and much drawn upon by Civil War historians, tells the story of the conflicted familys fortunes - and the tragic wounds inflicted on close families who find themselves by the sword divided.



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