|Duke of Monmouth by Willem Wissing|
Now we all know Charles II had his shortcomings. Heaven knows he had proved time and again that he was no angel. In his fifteen years on the throne, he was always in conflict with someone. First the Dutch, then the Spanish, and always with Parliament. He was constantly in need of money and there was a long line of women queuing up outside his bedchamber with their hands out for money. Most times, he did whatever he had to do to get it, whether it was the right way or the wrong way.
|William of Orange|
|Battle of Sedgemoor memorial|
Needless to say, Monmouth’s men were slaughtered and when news came of the victory, James sent supporters out to Bridgwater to bring Monmouth back to London. He had plans for Monmouth and he could barely wait to see the young man crushed before him.
|Mary II ~ Portrait by Sir Godfrey Kneller|