Events in 1660: The Battle of the Frogs and Fairford’s Flies
It is in the nature of counterrevolutions that everything is, once again, turned upside down. That which was once true is so no longer, and that which was formerly sedition is now orthodoxy. Most people found such political acrobatics complex and confusing, especially since they believed that governance reflected God’s will. God, therefore, seemed as confused as an Englishman.
KeywordsPersonal Immorality Local Justice Future Disturbance Corrupt Government Official Lively Spirit
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