Many acts of violence and vandalism were committed by the rebels during and after Charles reign. This page is devoted to those, and will be added to soon.
In 1643 Parliament voted to destroy the contents of Queen Henrietta's private chapel and arrest her Capuchin friars. Henry Marten and John Clotworthy, with armed men, forced entry into the chapel at Somerset House, despite pleas of diplomatic immunity from the French aristocrats resident there. Ruben's only painting of the Crucifixion, a twenty foot masterpiece hanging at the altar, was hacked to pieces by Clotworthy's halberd and the remains thrown in to the Thames. They then destroyed two paintings of the Virgin and of St Francis in the side chapels and smashed the faces of the Virgin Mary and her child after throwing the statue to the ground. A statue of St Francis was also smashed in the gardens. Most of the rest was burnt and thrown in to the Thames. These Iconoclasts were 'educated' men. Ref: Diane Purkiss 'The English Civil War, A People's History' 2006 Harper Press ISBN: 000715061X.
Parliament passed an ordinance in 1644. All Irish soldiers were to be forbidden quarter. They were allowed to be killed after capture. Ref: Diane Purkiss 'The English Civil War, A people's History' 2006 Harper Press ISBN: 000715061X.Callan.
A town in County Kilkenny , Ireland was stormed by troops of the New Model Army 8 February 1650, the defenders of two of the three fortified points were slaughtered in cold blood. 'Companion to the English Civil Wars' by Peter R. Newman.Facts on File Books.
'On Monday 29th May 1643, a boy of five or six years of age attended by a youth, was coming to Oxford to his father an officer in the King's army, passing through Buckinghamshire, he fell into the hands of some troopers of Colonel Goodwin's regiment, who not only pillaged him of the clothes which he brought with him, but took his doublet off his back, and would have taken away his hat and boots....that night they came to the place where the child lay, and the poor soul being in bed fast asleep, his innocent rest not disturbed with the injuries of the day: they dived into his, and his attendant's pockets, robbed them of all their monies, and left them either to borrow more, or to beg for sustenance in their journey to Oxford.' Bruno Ryves Murcurius Rusticus.
Hugh Green, a Roman Catholic priest, was arrested. He was trying to leave the country from a port because of the Royal proclamation of March 8, 1641 insisted that all priests were to leave the country. On August 1642, after spending five months in prison, he was drawn and quartered on Gallows Hill outside Dorchester. The quartering was so badly done by an inexperienced person that the priest came to his senses and sat up with his entrails hanging from his body. After his head was cut off and thrown to the crowd to play football with, his remains were thrown in to a fire. Elizabeth Willoughby described the events she saw after he was hanged.
Then did this butcher cut his belly on both sides, and turn the flap upon his breast, which the holy man feeling put his left hand upon his bowels, and looking on his bloody hand laid it down by his side, and lifting up his right hand he crossed himself, saying three times, Jesu, Jesu, Jesu Mercy! The which, although unworthy, I am a witness of, for my hand was on his forehead....all the Catholics were pressed away from him by the unruly multitude except myself....Whilst he was thus calling upon Jesus, the butcher did pull a piece of his liver out instead of his heart, and tumbling his guts out every way to see if his heart were not among them; then with his knife he raked in the body....Methought my heart was pulled out of my body to see him in such cruel pains, lifting up his eyes to heaven, and not yet dead. Then I could no longer hold, but cried, Out upon them that did so torment him. His forehead was bathed in sweat, and blood and water flowed from his eyes and nose, And when on account of the gushing streams of blood his tongue could no longer pronounce the saving name of Jesus, his lips moved, and the frequent groans which he uttered from his inmost heart were proof of the most bitter pain and torture which he suffered.