Richard cromwell, son of the infamous general Oliver Cromwell, seeks to save a king , while his father seeks to kill one.
‘They wouldest think it strange if I should tell thee there was a time in England when brother killed brothers, cousins cousins and friends their friend, Nay, when they conceived it was no offence to commit murder'
Sir John Oglander, A royalists' notebook
A crack of musket shot scatters blackbirds into the sky, as they seek shelter fearing for their lives. While in a field in the flat Cambridgeshire countryside, a line of men with long barrelled muskets rested on stands wedged into muddy, sodden ground, cheer their first shots. However, it has not pleased one person at the end of the line.
" Reload, you have a piss poor aim, master Williams." Bellowed out a pot bellied Sergent, whose leather jerkin was stretched so much his buttons looked ready to burst open. The Sergent yanked the musket from a weedy soldier, whose eyes are so tightly shut, while he mumbled “lord be kind unto this miserable sinner.”
"If you only you would open your eyes, so thou can see were you aim. And stop that infernal muttering.God will hear you you soon enough if this war goes on much longer" The Sergeant said as he became more agitated while he examined the man’s ragged clothing.The edge of the man’s jacket was ragged with gaping holes. “By my troth Master Williams, is this the best your good wife could find? The man blushed. “No sir, my wife felt it was best not to use me Sunday Best.” The man replied as the Sergeant heard the snigger's from behind. “I warrant that is plain for all to see.” Now the rest of you back to drill.” Bellowed out the Sergeant as he shook his head, when he spotted two young gentlemen on horseback watching the soldiers from the far side of the field. It was then he recognised them as his bushy eyebrows raised. “So the Lieutenant General has sent over his sons.” Murmured the Sergeant rubbing his hand over his chin. “That should be very interesting.Hold fire!For I do believe we hath company”. He said eyeing up the two strangers.