Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Aftermath of the Monmouth Rebellion in 1685

Jeffreys made all the West an Aceldama; some places quite depopulated and nothing to be seen in ’em but forsaken walls, unlucky gibbets and ghostly carkases.  The trees were loaden almost as thick with quarters as leaves; the houses and steeples covered as close with heads as at other times with crows or ravens.  Nothing could be liker hell than all those parts; nothing so like the devil as he.  Caldrons hizzing, carkases boyling, pitch and tar sparkling and glowing, blood and limbs boyling and tearing and mangling, and he the great director of all.
Western Martyrology
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