Saturday, 10 August 2013

more sulphure for Basing...

As for Civil Structures, [H] ->Basing, built by the first Marquess of Winchester, was the greatest of any Subjects House in England, yea larger than most (Eagles have not the biggest Nests of all Birds) of the Kings Palaces. The Motto Love Loyaltie, was often written in every window thereof, and was well practised in it, when for resistance on that account, it was lately levelled to the Ground.

What blood was shed at [H] ->Basing, after they
Had spent their sury, with their pois'nous breath:
And wanted strength unto their wills to slay,
But promis'd quarter! let the harmless earth
It fell on, witness! may it ne'er forsake
That tincture, untill Heav'n enquiry make.

Select and choice poems collected out of the labours of Captain George Wharton.
Date: 1661


Charles Landseer / The plundering of Basing House / exhibited 1836 [Tate]
Nothing can be more true or pathetic than Charles Landseer's picture of this event. Two hundred royalists were taken prisoners, one hundred were slain. Of the latter there were counted in the house, immediately after the assault, seventy-four men and one young lady. She was the daughter of a clergyman, Dr. Griffiths."She came," says Mr. Peters, Cromwell's messenger to the Commons, "railing against our soldiers for their rough carriage towards her father," whom even Peters acknowledges they used "hardly," i.e. "cruelly," on account of his being a clergyman; and when the daughter interfered to save her tortured parent, the wretched Roundheads killed her. "Her two sisters and six or seven other ladies of rank were permitted to escape without serious injury."

 XXXV. Doctor Griffiths Daughter, who though a Female, yet of a Masculine spirit, and for her Loyalty deserving a large share amongst those Notable Hero's slain in the Kings service; this Amazonian Lady (whose praise cannot be sufficiently celebrated) in the foresaid storm at <-[H] Basing House, was by the barbarity of the Enemies killed, and shame|fully left naked; a trophy of their Baseness, and her own eternal Renown and Honour.

Winstanley, William, 1628?-1698.
Title: The loyall martyrology, or, Brief catalogues and characters of the most eminent persons who suffered for their conscience during the late times of rebellion either by death, imprisonment, banishment, or sequestration together with those who were slain in the Kings service : as also dregs of treachery : with the catalogue and characters of those regicides who sat as judges on our late dread soveraign of ever blessed memory : with others of that gang, most eminent for villany / by William Winstanley.
Date: 1665


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