Westminster, July 1. 1685

By the authority aforesaid, that if any person or persons, at any time after the first day of July aforesaid, shall by any printing, writing, preaching, or other malicious or advised speaking, declare or assert the James, late Duke of Monmouth, the legitimate son of the late blessed sovereign King Charles the second, or that the said James hath a title or good claim to the imperial crown of this realm, or of any other his Majesties dominions and counties, that then any such person or persons so offending, and our the oaths of two lawful and credible witnesses, upon trial, or otherwise convicted or attainted by due course in law, then every person or persons be deemed, declared, and adjudged to be a traitor or traitors, and shall suffer pains of death, and also lose a forfeit as in case of high treason.

Edinburgh, June 1. 1685
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News of the Earl of Argyle and his march from movements from Campbeltown with now over 2500 supporters.

News of the Earl of Argyle and his march from movements from Campbeltown with now over 2500 supporters.

News of the Earl of Argyle and his march from movements from Campbeltown with now over 2500 supporters.

Edinburgh, June 6. 1685
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An account of the skirmishes at Glendarroch and Greenock between the forces of King and the rebels.

An account of the skirmishes at Glendarroch and Greenock between the forces of King and the rebels.

An account of the skirmishes at Glendarroch and Greenock between the forces of King and the rebels.

Edinburgh, June 9. 1685
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Earl of Argyll withdraws to Loch Fyne, whilst Scotch troops leave Holland.

Earl of Argyll withdraws to Loch Fyne, whilst Scotch troops leave Holland.

Earl of Argyll withdraws to Loch Fyne, whilst Scotch troops leave Holland.

Edinburgh, June 11. 1685
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News of Argyll's move to engage with the Kings force reaches London

News of Argyll's move to engage with the Kings force reaches London

News of Argyll's move to engage with the Kings force reaches London

Whitehall, June 13. 1685
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The King gets the news, that Monmouth has landed at Lyme.

The King gets the news, that Monmouth has landed at Lyme.

The King gets the news, that Monmouth has landed at Lyme.

Westminster, June 16. 1685
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Today the Act of Attainder against James, Duke of Monmouth for High Treason gets royal assent.

Today the Act of Attainder against James, Duke of Monmouth for High Treason gets royal assent.

Today the Act of Attainder against James, Duke of Monmouth for High Treason gets royal assent.

Whitehall, June 17. 1685
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News reaches London of the Bridport fight, at which the Rebels are defeated.

News reaches London of the Bridport fight, at which the Rebels are defeated.

News reaches London of the Bridport fight, at which the Rebels are defeated.

Edinburgh, June 18. 1685
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New reaches London of the capture of the Rebel ships, yet the Scotch Rebels still move towards Glasgow

New reaches London of the capture of the Rebel ships, yet the Scotch Rebels still move towards Glasgow

New reaches London of the capture of the Rebel ships, yet the Scotch Rebels still move towards Glasgow

Edinburgh, June 19. 1685
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The Kings forces have forced the Rebels to cross the Clyde in some disorder and we expect word of Argyll's capture daily.

The Kings forces have forced the Rebels to cross the Clyde in some disorder and we expect word of Argyll's capture daily.

The Kings forces have forced the Rebels to cross the Clyde in some disorder and we expect word of Argyll's capture daily.

Edinburgh, June 21. 1685
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News of the capture of the Rebel Earl of Argyll reaches London

News of the capture of the Rebel Earl of Argyll reaches London

News of the capture of the Rebel Earl of Argyll reaches London

Whitehall, June 21. 1865
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News of the fight at Ashill reaches London together with the Rebel progress

News of the fight at Ashill reaches London together with the Rebel progress

News of the fight at Ashill reaches London together with the Rebel progress

London, June 22. 1685
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The gossip in the London is that the Somerset Militia have killed Earl of Albemarle and joined with the Rebels.

The gossip in the London is that the Somerset Militia have killed Earl of Albemarle and joined with the Rebels.

The gossip in the London is that the Somerset Militia have killed Earl of Albemarle and joined with the Rebels.

Whitehall, June 23. 1685
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The Rebels ship are taken at Lyme and there is an encounter at Longport

The Rebels ship are taken at Lyme and there is an encounter at Longport

The Rebels ship are taken at Lyme and there is an encounter at Longport

Edinburgh, June 24. 1685
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The Scotch Rebels continue to be made prisoner but many others where killed the day Rumbold and Ayloff where taken.

The Scotch Rebels continue to be made prisoner but many others where killed the day Rumbold and Ayloff where taken.

The Scotch Rebels continue to be made prisoner but many others where killed the day Rumbold and Ayloff where taken.

Southwark, June 25. 1685
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The printer William Disnie is found guilty of treason for publishing pro-Monmouth papers.

The printer William Disnie is found guilty of treason for publishing pro-Monmouth papers.

The printer William Disnie is found guilty of treason for publishing pro-Monmouth papers.

Bristol, June 25. 1685
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The Earl of Feversham learns of Monmouth strength and plans from a spy

The Earl of Feversham learns of Monmouth strength and plans from a spy

The Earl of Feversham learns of Monmouth strength and plans from a spy

Edinburgh, June 26. 1685
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The Rebel Rumbold is hung and quartered for high Treason on this day

The Rebel Rumbold is hung and quartered for high Treason on this day

The Rebel Rumbold is hung and quartered for high Treason on this day

Whitehall, June 27. 1685
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His majesty has been pleased to the reward be distributed amongst the five soldiers of the Earl of Aran’s Militia, who took Rumbold in Scotland.

His majesty has been pleased to the reward be distributed amongst the five soldiers of the Earl of Aran’s Militia, who took Rumbold in Scotland.

His majesty has been pleased to the reward be distributed amongst the five soldiers of the Earl of Aran’s Militia, who took Rumbold in Scotland.

Whitehall, June 28. 1685
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The news in London is that there has been a fight at Keynsham and Rebels gathering at Frome are dispersed.

The news in London is that there has been a fight at Keynsham and Rebels gathering at Frome are dispersed.

The news in London is that there has been a fight at Keynsham and Rebels gathering at Frome are dispersed.

Whitehall, June 29. 1685
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The News in London is about the Battle of Philips Norton between the King forces and those of the Rebels.

The News in London is about the Battle of Philips Norton between the King forces and those of the Rebels.

The News in London is about the Battle of Philips Norton between the King forces and those of the Rebels.

Whitehall, June 30. 1685
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Three Scotch Regiments arrive this morning at Gravesend, whilst three English Regiments also in the Service of the United Provinces are due to arrive soon.

Three Scotch Regiments arrive this morning at Gravesend, whilst three English Regiments also in the Service of the United Provinces are due to arrive soon.

Three Scotch Regiments arrive this morning at Gravesend, whilst three English Regiments also in the Service of the United Provinces are due to arrive soon.

Westminster, July 1. 1685
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It is now High Treason to assert that the Duke of Monmouth that in anyway legitimate

It is now High Treason to assert that the Duke of Monmouth that in anyway legitimate

It is now High Treason to assert that the Duke of Monmouth that in anyway legitimate

Edinburgh, July 1. 1685
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The News in London is that the Earl of Argyll was executed yesterday and that Sir John Cochran is now captured.

The News in London is that the Earl of Argyll was executed yesterday and that Sir John Cochran is now captured.

The News in London is that the Earl of Argyll was executed yesterday and that Sir John Cochran is now captured.

Whitehall, July 1. 1685
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The News is that the Rebels retired to Shepton Mallet, whilst the Kings forces are now at Frome

The News is that the Rebels retired to Shepton Mallet, whilst the Kings forces are now at Frome

The News is that the Rebels retired to Shepton Mallet, whilst the Kings forces are now at Frome

Paris, July 2. 1685
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Louis XIV remarks that as the Duke of Monmouth has lost his vessels and has no city to retire to, he will soon meet with the same fate as the Earl of Argyll

Louis XIV remarks that as the Duke of Monmouth has lost his vessels and has no city to retire to, he will soon meet with the same fate as the Earl of Argyll

Louis XIV remarks that as the Duke of Monmouth has lost his vessels and has no city to retire to, he will soon meet with the same fate as the Earl of Argyll

Whitehall, July 4. 1685
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The Rebels sack and pillage Wells and are now in Bridgwater and 3 Scotch Regiments have marched from London.

The Rebels sack and pillage Wells and are now in Bridgwater and 3 Scotch Regiments have marched from London.

The Rebels sack and pillage Wells and are now in Bridgwater and 3 Scotch Regiments have marched from London.

Whitehall, July 8. 1685
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The News is that there has been a mighty Battle in a place called Sedgemoor and his Majesties forces are victorious.

The News is that there has been a mighty Battle in a place called Sedgemoor and his Majesties forces are victorious.

The News is that there has been a mighty Battle in a place called Sedgemoor and his Majesties forces are victorious.

Ringwod, July 8. 1685
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This very morning the King received an account that the Lord Grey was taken yesterday in at Ringwood being secured by my Lord Lumley.

This very morning the King received an account that the Lord Grey was taken yesterday in at Ringwood being secured by my Lord Lumley.

This very morning the King received an account that the Lord Grey was taken yesterday in at Ringwood being secured by my Lord Lumley.

London, July 8. 1685
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His Majesty has just now received an account that the Duke of Monmouth was taken in Dorestshire, and is in the hands of my Lord Lumley.

His Majesty has just now received an account that the Duke of Monmouth was taken in Dorestshire, and is in the hands of my Lord Lumley.

His Majesty has just now received an account that the Duke of Monmouth was taken in Dorestshire, and is in the hands of my Lord Lumley.

Whitehall, July 11. 1685
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As the Rebels are completely broken, dispersed or taken, the Kings forces go into quarters and Militia dismissed. The Duke of Monmouth and Lord Grey will be this night at Farnham

As the Rebels are completely broken, dispersed or taken, the Kings forces go into quarters and Militia dismissed. The Duke of Monmouth and Lord Grey will be this night at Farnham

As the Rebels are completely broken, dispersed or taken, the Kings forces go into quarters and Militia dismissed. The Duke of Monmouth and Lord Grey will be this night at Farnham

Whitehall, July 12. 1685
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The King proclaims that all subjects MUST attend services of solemn thanksgiving on the 26 July 1685 to celebrate His Victory over the Rebels.

The King proclaims that all subjects MUST attend services of solemn thanksgiving on the 26 July 1685 to celebrate His Victory over the Rebels.

The King proclaims that all subjects MUST attend services of solemn thanksgiving on the 26 July 1685 to celebrate His Victory over the Rebels.

Whitehall, July 13. 1685
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This evening the Duke of Monmouth and Lord Grey were carried to the Tower in Kings Barges, guarded by several other Barges with Soldiers.

This evening the Duke of Monmouth and Lord Grey were carried to the Tower in Kings Barges, guarded by several other Barges with Soldiers.

This evening the Duke of Monmouth and Lord Grey were carried to the Tower in Kings Barges, guarded by several other Barges with Soldiers.

Whitehall, July 15. 1685
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This day the late Duke of Monmouth being attainted of High Treason by Act of Parliament, was Beheaded on a Scaffold for that purpose erected on Tower Hill.

This day the late Duke of Monmouth being attainted of High Treason by Act of Parliament, was Beheaded on a Scaffold for that purpose erected on Tower Hill.

This day the late Duke of Monmouth being attainted of High Treason by Act of Parliament, was Beheaded on a Scaffold for that purpose erected on Tower Hill.

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Of Life & Times

This the story of the the now forgotten events of the 17th Century (1644 to 1699) through the eye’s of William Savage. This is an age of intrigue so you can trust no one, for no one trusts you and that is the Savage Truth

Sometimes, the only way to tell the truth, is to turn it into a good story. This one could begin with an innocent beauty who falls in love with a handsome, yet poor and homeless prince. A prince who is losing his kingdom because his foolish father is losing a war against his own people. This young downhearted prince now falls in love with a childhood friend, who has been transformed into the most gorgeous, ripe maiden in the whole kingdom. Unfortunately, just as the passion takes hold, the prince and his love are separated by the bloodshed sweeping across the kingdom.  So, before the lovers are split apart, they make a secret pledge of marriage, a promise that no man can break.

Once the prince finds safely within his cousin’s lands, the lovers keep the flames of their hidden passion and desire alight by sharing secret letters and suggestive correspondence. As the princes’ prospects of ever regaining his crown fade, he calls for his one true desire to be united with him. So, with some difficultly and intrigue, the beautiful girl escapes the war-torn country, to finally reach the warm embrace of her prince. Now the flames burn bright, so bright that no one can stand in their way. To seal their love, they marry but without the normal pomp or circumstance of a royal wedding. Then the marriage is blessed by god, for soon after the fruits of their passion is born and named Prince James.

If life was kind and true that would be the end of the story, a happy and comfortable ending. However, that is where the story really starts not ends. For the princes’ father lost the war and was murdered by his own people. The young prince becomes a King in exile and a beacon of freedom. His thought turn from pleasure, focus on twisting and turning, plotting and scheming to regain what his father lost. Now he understands that his seed could be used to buy an Army to reclaim has kingdom. The new Kings eye now wonders across the new temptations that are on offer to him. His exiled court is full of new possibilities and new beauties offering sexual pleasures for favours. The young wife is in the way, she is still a beauty but offers no political benefits and no easy route to regaining the lost Kingdom. Indeed, within the Kings new circle she is portrayed as an inconvenience to be removed, to be whitewashed from history or to be made a low whore. But what of the young prince James. He can’t be hidden from history or made into a martyr like his grandfather. Luckily for the baby prince James, it is now that the Kings only virtue comes to the fore. For is he loves and protects of his own blood more than anything in the world. Even if this is not in his own interests.

With Prince James alive, what follows, is a tale full of scandal, power, love, sex, war, rebellion and above all else intrigue. It is a tale that has been hidden under so many layers of lies that the truth is now so far from the common knowledge that history replays and embellish the lies. Today, it is in no-ones’ interest to tell the truth or to break apart the lies. For those most likely to suffer from its outing are in power because of those very lies. This is where my story starts, for the maiden is my half-sister, Lucy Walters, the boy my nephew and the King, King Charles II, of the three Kingdoms. My name is William Savage and it was in 1656 that I pledged to protect the lives my sister and young nephew. This the true story of the royal blood.

It is now safe to publish my memoirs, as time has overtaken everyone of consequence and they can no longer reach me or my family. It’s now time to tell the truth of the royal blood, the Black Box, of bloody murders, secret marriages, blackmail, war and rebellion.

My long and colourful life, has not been without adventure. I have lost many friends and had the pleasure of many more. My travels have taken me across Europe and into the exotic Orient, I’ve seen the wild woods of the Americas and damp bogs of Ireland. Now, its time to share my Memoirs before they return with me back into the dust.

This site tells my story and details the events that are now long forgotten. In this age of intrigue, trust no one for no one trusts you. That is the Savage Truth.

William Savage

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Of the Black Box

The account that follows is based on a letter written in 1680 by an unknown hand to an unknown reader. I have taken the liberty to edit and split this text into two parts, and then name the sender and the obvious receiver.

An account of the enquiry[1] into the Black Box containing the Marriage Contract between Lucy Walter and Charles Stuart

Covent Garden, October 1696

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My Lord[2],

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The account that follows is based on a letter written in 1680 by an unknown hand to an unknown reader. I have taken the liberty to edit and split this text into two parts, and then name the sender and the obvious receiver.

An account of Sir Gilbert Gerard, the witness at the enquiry into the Black Box, that contained the Marriage Contract between Lucy Walter and Charles Stuart

Covent Garden, October 1696

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My Lord[1],

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Of Mean Creatures

This being the account of the early childhood to show the true pedigree and standing of Lucy Walter, as a response to false pamphleteers.

Covent Garden, May 1695

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Of Birth & Marriage

The following Paper contains the Letters received from Lucy Walter regarding her marriage to Charles and then birth of Prince James, later the Duke of Monmouth

Covent Garden, May 1695

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Of a Kings’ Birth

What follows is the true account of Margaret Gosfright, on the birth of James, future Duke of Monmouth. Then living in Rotterdam with her husband, the Dutch Merchant Peter Gosfright.

Rotterdam, 9 April 1649

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Dear William,

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Of Marriage Contracts

An account of marriage contracts and the changes that have happened during my life-time with a view to the arrangements between Lucy Walter and Charles Stuart

Covent Garden, October 1696 NS

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