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25 February 2008 @ 04:52 pm
it's a good thing I don't live in the 1640s, then.  
Every time I have anything to do with Milton, I come to the conclusion that I probably would have been a royalist. (They had all the fun entertainment, plus I'm just really not down with the deposing of kings.) Except I'm all about freedom of thought, so I probably would have had some Puritan leanings. I would have had to enact my own personal Civil War every day. (Which kind of sounds like a song by Depeche Mode, but whatever.)

Right. Back to reading prose tracts.
 
 
 
La Reine Noire: Studious Veronicalareinenoire on February 26th, 2008 01:25 am (UTC)
I am all about the Royalists. I just like Charles I. He tried. He really truly did. And he was actually functional and stuff.
tempestsarekind: princess elizabethtempestsarekind on February 26th, 2008 09:53 am (UTC)
I don't know nearly as much about Charles I as I ought (for some reason, every time I try to teach myself about the Civil War--and the Wars of the Roses, oddly--I feel like I have it down for a few weeks, and then it disappears again as though it was never there at all), but whenever I read about him, I just feel so sorry for him and the impossibility of the situation.

In lecture the professor dismissed all the Stuarts in one sentence as "disasters," which I thought was a bit unfair, really. (He was also fairly contemptuous of anyone in the 17th c. who preferred Eikon Basilike to Eikonoklastes, so perhaps these two things are related.)
La Reine Noirelareinenoire on February 26th, 2008 11:28 am (UTC)
I can see the Wars of the Roses being one of those things that's so unnecessarily complicated that it's difficult to get one's head round it. I only know it because I'm scary and obsessed. Which is good for my dissertation, possibly less so for my mental health. ;)

The Stuarts weren't complete disasters! Some of them got rid of the Puritans. That alone is worthwhile. And Charles I really was an unfortunate man in a very bad situation. He was also, apparently, not even five feet tall, poor guy.
tempestsarekind: viola readingtempestsarekind on February 26th, 2008 04:02 pm (UTC)
Hee. Sometimes, though, I do wonder if subconsciously I chose my period in part because I really only had to deal with two monarchs.

Wow. It must be hard to command kingly respect at under five feet.