The Lost Archangel: A New View of Strafford

C.V. Wedgwood challenges the accepted view of Charles I's fated minister, Thomas Wentworth.

Great Strafford! worthy of thy name though all

Of thee could be forgotten but thy fall.

With these words Sir John Denham, not the most inspired of poets, apostrophized the great minister of King Charles I, remembering how, day after day in Westminster Hall under the eyes of several thousand spectators, he had fought the long duel for his life with his Parliamentary accusers.

So did he move our passion, some were known

To wish, for the defence, the crime their own.

Now private pity strove with public hate,

Reason with rage and eloquence with fate ...

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