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In mid-December, his group goes for a political ambush, demanding that the Grand Remonstrance be published. They launch a surprise vote in the dead of night and win. Now the public will read of the King’s supposed misdemeanours. Making matters worse for the King, rumours spread that the Queen was involved in the Irish rebellion.
The Royal Family now look like they’re in league with Catholic rebels.
Trying to regain control on 22 December, the King puts Colonel Thomas Lunsford in charge of the Tower of London. He is a thug, believed to be ‘fierce enough to eat children’. Soon London goes wild with protests, swarming the Tower. After just a few days, with mobs braying at the palace gates, the King backtracks. This only encourages the rebels, who now see the King as weak and indecisive.
Meanwhile, Charles’ backstop of bishops run in fear of the mobs. Just two come to the Lords the next day. Charles’s political frontline is broken. The way is open for Pym. In a last-ditch attempt to win Pym round, King Charles offers Pym the top job, Chancellor of the Exchequer. Will Pym be bought off?
Pictured: Lisa Hilton at the Convocation House, Bodleian Library, Oxford
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