The Devil’s Whore

Channel 4’s new, multi-million pound four-parter on the civil war begins on 19 November, featuring Michael Fassbender as Thomas Rainsborough (or Rainborowe), Peter Capaldi as Charles I and John Simm as Edward Sexby (or Sexy).

In a big puff-piece in the Sunday Times one particular comment stood out, taken from the literary blog, Ready, Steady, Book, suggesting that there had only been seven major works of fiction about the civil war.

I can add one to the film list, The Moonraker (1957), a rollicking swashbuckler featuring a youthful George Baker. Certainly better than the execrable To Kill A King. The Spanish auteur responsible for such classics as The Erotic Rights of Frankenstein, Greta the Mad Butcher and Mondo Cannibale, Jess Franco, also produced a  a poor remake of Michael Reeve’s Witchfinder General, The Bloody Judge (1970) (starring Christopher Lee), though this was loosely set in the aftermath of the Monmouth Rebellion.

The literature list is a bit thin and reflects an Anglocentric focus: these were British wars after all. What about Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott? Thomas Carlyle’s edition of Cromwell’s letters and speeches?

Anyone else like to chip in?

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  1. If, as Ready Steady Book asserts, Marvell’s poetry can count as fiction, then surely so can Clarendon’s History? There is also a little-known Italian opera, called ‘Puritana’ or something like that: I don’t remember exactly, but it translates as ‘The Puritans’. I heard a version of it played on Classic FM a while back. Besides these, there’s also Nicholas Carter’s Shadow on the Crown series, of which the first, Turncoat’s Drum, is the only one I read – I found it both poorly written and poorly researched, so I never read any others. I don’t know if that opinion is a harsh purist’s (I don’t think it’s impossible to write accurate, ‘good’ historical fiction, but I don’t think it’s easy either).

  2. Having just looked at the Devil’s Whore website, I would like to quote that, apparently ‘without the rainsborough-cromwell-lilburne triumvirate’ the Civil War wouldn’t have happened at all, and that the Civil War is the ‘great untold story’ of English History. Although they may have a point that the Civil War may be less dramatised than other periods, people have actually known about it for quite a while… this may or may not end up in a discussion/rant on Chronologi. I don’t know if the mistakes are so obvious that it would be a waste of invective.


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