Marston Moor (A Very English Civil War)

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In 1642, Charles I, his patience wearing thin due to
Parliament’s constant objections, established his court at York. However, Charles failed to rally enough support and the Parliamentarians emerged the victors in the ensuing Civil War. With support from the Scottish, and despite a brief challenge in 1644, at the Battle of Marston Moor, Oliver Cromwell's cavalry defeated the remaining royalist garrisons in the north. Knaresborough Castle was eventually partially demolished and decommissioned. However, once the monarchy was gone, revolution appeared not to suit the people. Cromwell, self-styled as ‘Lord Protector’ and his puritan values became unpopular. Restoration of the
monarchy began in 1660, the lesson being one many countries have still to realise: with all revolutions, those who replace the establishment tend to be even worse than the originals.

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Marston Moor (A Very English Civil War) (Music and Words: Tim Hunter)

Marston Moor, A Very English Civil War
The monarchy was restored,
Revolution’s a bore
Marston Moor, A Very English Civil War
So what was it all for?

Marston Moor secured the North of England
For the Parliamentarians,
But the Royalist resistance didn’t end
We didn’t want Puritans
We didn’t want politicians
Was a Lord Protector better? No

Marston Moor, A Very English Civil War
The monarchy was restored,
Revolution’s a bore
Marston Moor, A Very English Civil War
So what was it all for?

In The Manor House in Knaresborough Charles capitulated
But the monarchy was restored and soon Cromwell became hated

We didn’t want Puritans
We didn’t want politicians
Was a Lord Protector better? No

Marston Moor, A Very English Civil War
The monarchy was restored,
Revolution’s such a bore
Marston Moor, A Very English Civil War
So what was it all for?

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from Yorkshire Through The Ages, released June 24, 2017
Musicians: Tim Hunter: Lead andbacking Vocals, Guitars, Synthesiser,
Keyboards, Sequencing, Drums.
Backing Vocals: Sarah Marie Gayle and Ian Wallace

Copyright © 2016 Tim Hunter. All rights reserved. This work is registered with the UK Copyright Service: Registration No:284704936

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'Through his musical albums, Knaresborough composer Tim Hunter helps bring to life the stories and legends of Yorkshire's rich heritage.' Yorkshire Post 1st May 2020.
Tim Hunter is a singer/songwriter/producer. His musical compositions range from pop ballads through to classic rock and have been enjoyed by audiences both in Europe and the United States.
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