Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Duking Days

This is the time of year that most people round here associate with Glastonbury festival - it's a big employer and it involves a lot of local people but I - in contrast associate this time of year with the Duke of Monmouth and his rebellion. From June 11 when he landed to early July is a time of historical significance in the West as the time when the Duke of Monmouth was declared King and took his place as the last pretender to the English throne. I started revising my book on the Monmouth rebellion and started thinking about this time of year and happened on the site of the Taunton Garrison and was pretty impressed by what they were doing - all the better as they were once comrades in the 1685 society.