Summary (Masterplots: Revised Category Edition, British Fiction Series)
Following the death of King Charles I, commissioners of the usurping Oliver Cromwell were sent to destroy the royal residences of England, including the royal lodge of Woodstock, occupied by Sir Henry Lee and his daughter Alice. The old Royalist and his daughter were forced from their home by Cromwell’s soldiers and moved to a nearby hut occupied by the royal lodgekeeper, Joceline Joliffe. They arrived at the hut and found Markham Everard, Sir Henry’s nephew, whose opposite political views so enraged his uncle that the young man left the hut and moved into the lodge. There he composed a letter to Cromwell, in which he asked for the preservation of Woodstock as a personal favor. He sent the letter by his friend, Roger Wildrake. Although Roger was a Royalist, he was a trustworthy friend as well.
Cromwell hated to grant the request, but he hoped to turn it to his own advantage. Young Charles Stuart, heir to the throne, had escaped the Puritans in the company of Albert Lee, Sir Henry’s son. Hoping to capture the Prince, Cromwell ordered his soldiers to leave the lodge because he believed that Albert might try to contact his father and in that way lead the royal fugitive into a trap. Cromwell ordered Wildrake to tell Everard to detain Albert and Charles if they appeared at Woodstock and turn them over to the Puritan troops; but Everard, although he was a member of Cromwell’s party, assured Wildrake that he would not only refuse to betray Charles but...
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