Castles were razed, homes burnt, and families expelled; land was seized and books and furniture sold. Art, sculpture, churches and shrines were destroyed by religious zealots and the Prayer Book was banned. Most dispiriting of all, men and women were tortured, burnt, or massacred in reprisal for similar atrocities.
Richard Forester, as a Cavalier and supporter of the old religion, fights for the survival of the Monarchy and becomes an equerry to the Prince of Wales in exile at the French court at Fontainbleau. After the execution of Charles the First, the Prince tries to recover the throne of England, but is defeated at the Battle of Worcester. Faced with the triumph of Oliver Cromwell and the Roundheads, Richard emigrates to another land with a surprising companion.
The story has contemporary relevance as it explains why the Scottish and Irish troops were deployed in England, causing Cromwell's subsequent vendetta against the Irish. The seeds of rancour and hatred that were sown bear fruit to this day.
William Symonds was the Rector of Pendock in Worcestershire in the 1880s and wrote almost fifty articles and books on a wide variety of subjects including geology, natural science, and antiquities.
He is best known for his historical novels of Malvern Chase and Hanley Castle. Each providing a graphic account of the great civil wars in English history when Lancastrians did battle with Yorkists and Cavaliers fought Roundheads. See also Malvern Chase