One of the joys of history that I’ve picked up, often aided by the observations of Lyme History Walk participants, is the drawing of parallels between past and contemporary events.

The English Civil War and the Commonwealth period are probably the most traumatic events in our history. Old certainties were scattered like a pack of cards. The Puritans were in many ways England’s own home grown Taliban. Tempered by persecution under Archbishop Laud, who attempted to drag the predominantly P...


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