A Tall Black Man - An illustrated talk by Andrew Campbell - 7 pm Thursday 19th May 2022 - Sutton Veny Church, Sutton Veny
To his supporters, Charles Stuart had been King Charles II since the show trial and beheading of his father two years earlier. To Oliver Cromwell, Charles was a “Malicious and Dangerous Traytor”. Charles’ forlorn attempt to win back the crown by force of arms came to a bloody and calamitous end at the Battle of Worcester on 3rd September 1651.
That night, in what was probably the bravest and wisest decision of his life, the 21-year-old Charles dismissed all his followers; except one, his devil-may-care cavalry commander, Lord Henry Wilmot. Three hours later they began to run for their lives. Cromwell’s wanted posters put a price of £1,000 on the fleeing King’s head, describing him as: “A Tall Black Man above two yards high.”
This is the remarkable story of how, when their cause was at its lowest ebb, brave Royalist men and women, rich and poor, risked torture and death to help the two fugitives reach France and freedom. Had anyone earned the £1,000; Charles would most certainly have suffered his father’s grim fate and Britain would have remained a republic to this day.
Please come and support Sutton Veny Church
6.30 for 7 pm - Free glass of wine or soft drink in Sutton Veny Church (£10 per person)
7 - 8 pm - Talk by Andrew Campbell with free glass of wine
8.15 - approx 9.30 pm - Supper (£10 per person)