Saturday, November 3, 2007

A declaration demonstrating and infallibly proving that all malignants, 1643

Full Title: A declaration demonstrating and infallibly proving that all malignants, whether they be prelates, popish-cavaleers, with all other ill-affected persons, are enemies to God and the King, 1643 (Bastwick, John)

For some reason I think Sir Percy would be considered an "ill-affected person." And anybody who stands like that is most definitely a "popish-cavaleer." Once again, those roundheads really dropped the ball when it came to sexy fashion. My favorite part of this particular ensemble is the cape. Or is it a capelet?

And in case anyone cares to note: I took the line "I thank your lordship, it is very hot." from the most famous Shakespearean fop -- Sir Osric from Hamlet (5.2.99).


Doug said...

My theory is that the Roundheads knew they couldn't outdress the Cavaliers, so they publicly scorned people like Sir Percy while secretly subscribing to Fop Quarterly.

John Bastwick might have been particularly bitter since, by the writing of that pamphlet, he had the received the old chop-off-the-ears-brand-the-cheeks treatment.

Ironically, if Bastwick were around today he could probably just call it an "extreme body modification" and, clad in all black, give Sir Percy a run for his fashion crown.

Meghan said...

Um, so Doug apparently now puts outside research into his LOLMan comments, because I KNOW he isn't a natural wealth of John Bastwick biographical info (and if he is, there's a hell of a lot I don't know about him, and I am sort of worried for the future of our relationship).

Also, I am happy to think that this Sir Percy joins the illustrious and ever-growing ranks of blog-based, foppy Percies on the internet. I mean, there's this one too:

Sarah Redmond said...

I didn't think Doug just knew who Bastwick was...but I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. He does seem to know a bit more than I thought about the English Civil War in general.

And Percy is the most effeminate name ever to exist.