Monmouth's Rebellion

After the death of Charles II in 1685, his popular but illegitimate Protestant son, the Duke of Monmouth, raised a rebellion against his Catholic uncle James II that failed and led to Monmouth's capture near the New Forest, his execution, and the 'Bloody Assizes' which included the trial of a well-known Forest lady, Alice Lisle. (See Alice Lisle). A further connection between the New Forest and Monmouth is the fact that Monmouth's descendant, Lord Montagu, owns Beaulieu Abbey there. (See Beaulieu Abbey)




Did You Know?
The phrase "Mad as a March Hare" was popularized by Lewis Carrol in his classic, Alice in Wonderland, in which the March Hare is a character. The phrase was coined because hares are supposed to behave strangely during the March mating season.

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