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Old February 12th, 2009, 12:24 PM   #1

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The Devil's Whore


This is one I missed while I was on holiday and just got round to seeing the repeat.

Big budget 4 part Channel 4 drama series to rival BBC's Rome and The Tudors, set during the time of the English Revolution.

Tells the story of a fictional aristocratic woman and friend of Charles 1st who as the war and subsequent peace continues, becomes a friend and supporter of Cromwell, then a Leveller, Digger and finally Ranter. Through her life the series attempts to tell the complex story of the revolution with a particular emphasis on the lives of the three top Levellers, John Lillbure, Edward Sexby and Thomas Rainsborough and their communist message of total wealth redistribution.


Personally I thought it was very good. It took criticism for missing out events and characters, but in the allotted time to cover such a complex issue I thought it did really well capturing the gist of the times.


Found a web version viewable free.

http://www.channel4.com/video/brandl...-whore#popover
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Old February 12th, 2009, 01:14 PM   #2

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Re: The Devil's Whore


Quick bio of the real 'Angelica' Fanshawe,

"Born Ann Harrison, the real Lady Fanshawe was 16 when the Civil War broke out in 1642. Her family supported King Charles I and moved to Oxford where he had set up his court. In May 1644, aged 19, Ann married her distant cousin Richard Fanshawe, then 36, who was Secretary for War to the Prince of Wales (later to become Charles II).
By 1646 the Royalists were in retreat, and Ann and Richard were forced to take ship from Land's End to the Scilly Isles. The following year Ann paid three visits to Charles I, now imprisoned at Hampton Court. Charles was executed in 1649.

In 1650 Richard and Ann sailed for Spain. At this time the Mediterranean was the hunting ground of the dreaded Barbary Pirates, who raided ships and sold their passengers into slavery. When a pirate ship was sighted, the female passengers were locked in their cabins while the men prepared to defend the ship. Ann offered a cabin boy half a crown for his coat and cap and then took her place on deck with the male crew. It was only after the pirate ship had retreated that Richard realized Ann was there beside him.


By September 1651 Richard was part of the Royalist army, led by the exiled Charles II, which made a last stand against Oliver Cromwell's forces at the Battle of Worcester. They were heavily defeated and Richard was imprisoned in Whitehall Palace. Ann succeeded in getting Richard released on the grounds of ill-health.

In May 1660 the monarchy was restored, and the Fanshawes travelled back to England with the King.^ Richard, after being made a baronet, was sent on diplomatic missions to Portugal and Spain.

During her first trip to Spain in 1650, Ann had begun to compile a book which included favourite recipes and medicinal preparations (this is now in the Wellcome Institute Library.)


In June 1666, however, Richard died in Madrid aged 58 and Ann returned with his body to England. She arrived at Tower Wharf only weeks after the Great Fire of London. Richard was eventually laid to rest in Hertfordshire, near his childhood home of Ware Park and when Ann died in 1680 she was buried beside him."


--Steve Pogonowski, Press Officer, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

Lady Ann's memoirs are available in several editions, including The Grand Quarrel: Women's Memoirs of the English Civil War (out of print, check libraries).
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