nation would have a chance to repair the broken continuity of its constitutional development, or whether a second revolution would engulf the first, and the Constitution cease to exist except by way of formal camouflage for the autocracy of a Caesar. Nor was it possible for any man, least of a for Charles himself, to be under the least illusion as to what was likely to be his own fate in this latter contingency, should he still be found within the walls of Carisbrooke, to be collected by the victors as soon as they had leisure to deal with him.
"MY GREY DISCROWNED HEAD"
THE train of events now set in motion was as much beyond the King's power to deflect or control as if he had been in the moon. He was out of the Second Civil War for the duration, at least, of his own imprisonment. Of his life during these weary months of isolation and inaction our records, though fragmentary, suggest that he must have tasted of what was, for him, worse than the bitterness of death. Hammond, almost beside himself with worry in his unsought-for responsibility, had now developed into as wearing a custodian as ever Sir Hudson Lowe was to prove in a remoter island, though Charles endured his pinpricks and rigours with a dignity far beyond the scope of Napoleon. Successive purges of his staff had gone far towards depriving him even of the solace of company. Sir Philip Warwick, who was in attendance on him during the abortive treaty negotiations in the late Autumn at Newport, tells how one day His Majesty, standing at a window, had beckoned to him, and pointed out "an old, little crumpling man" in the street below, and
"I show him to you," he had said, "because that was the best companion I had for three months together in Carisbrooke Castle, where he made my fires."
One pointer to the state to which the King was reduced was that he should even have relaxed that meticulous care of his own person that had always distinguished him. The exquisitely coiffured love-locks and pointed beard by which his image is familiar to us were unkempt and grizzled--his own barber had
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Publication information: Book title: King Charles the Martyr, 1643-1649. Contributors: Esmé Wingfield-Stratford - Author. Publisher: Hollis & Carter. Place of publication: London. Publication year: 1950. Page number: 256.
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