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Malcolm Povey
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1685. England is sliding into tyranny under a Catholic king. The people of Dorset and Somerset rebel, flocking to join the bastard Duke of Monmouth when he lands at Lyme. Thousands of ordinary men, artisans and shopkeepers, fight the King's army at the Battle of Sedgemoor. For a moment, the victims of monarchy, church and class threaten to overthrow their masters. ...more
Paperback, 84 pages
Published September 16th 2014 by Smokestack Books (first published December 1st 2007)
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Liam Guilar
May 02, 2016 Liam Guilar rated it really liked it
I've been rereading this. When I first read it a couple of years ago I thought it was good. On rereading it still seems quietly impressive.

You could give a copy to anyone interested in history, even if they didn't read poetry, and know they would enjoy it.

It's a narrative sequence of short poems dealing with Monmouth's rising. Povey's heroes are not the rich and ambitious, but the shop keepers, weavers, and shoemakers who, driven by mixed motives followed Monmouth to the disaster at Sedgemoor a
Eric Henderson
Jun 06, 2016 Eric Henderson rated it it was amazing
I bought this book as I am interested in the Battle of Sedgemoor which is often named as the last pitched battle fought on English soil. It was here that the Royal Army of James II defeated the Rebel Army led by the Duke of Monmouth in 1685. This is not a history of the campaign but a series of poems that tell the story in an interesting and novel way. The author uses this theme to reflect on the modern world as well as on the 17th century battle. I found myself moved and excited by the poetry, ...more
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