Royals, sold by John Clark, late 17th century - NPG D29269 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Royals

sold by John Clark
line engraving, late 17th century
8 1/2 in. x 6 3/8 in. (215 mm x 162 mm) plate size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
NPG D29269

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Laurie Pettitt

20 March 2017, 19:38

The thing you need to know about George Monck is that Cromwell left him in an unassailable position in Scotland. Cromwell's first order to George was "Restore order. Get people back in the Churches. Get people trading. What made George the most trustworthy officer that Cromwell had was that; when Richard Cromwell 'tumbled down' and all the factions started jostling for power, George marched his men to London and Restored Order. His actions probably saved Britain from another Civil War. Because he he had marched his Regiment from Coldstream, they were adopted by the town and became The Coldstream Guard.
The Monck and Rupert Letters by the Folio society are well worth getting hold of. It's a day by day account of running the Navy, under the Duke of York.

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