Execution of Sir Charles Lucas and Sir George Lisle, composed by John McLaren Ralston and engraved by E. Dalziel. Wood engraving, 7 ⅞ x 6 ⅞ inches (17.4 cm wide by 12.5 cm high). — Chapter XXXIII, Part the Fourth in A Child's History of England, facing 162. Vol. XVIII of the Household Edition. Date of publication: 1878. [Click on the image to enlarge it.]

Passage Illustrated: Another incident from the English Civil War

[Charles the First] was doomed to be disappointed in his hopes from Scotland. The agreement he had made with the Scottish Commissioners was not favourable enough to the religion of that country to please the Scottish clergy; and they preached against it. The consequence was, that the army raised in Scotland and sent over, was too small to do much; and that, although it was helped by a rising of the Royalists in England and by good soldiers from Ireland, it could make no head against the Parliamentary army under such men as Cromwell and Fairfax. The King’s eldest son, the Prince of Wales, came over from Holland with nineteen ships (a part of the English fleet having gone over to him) to help his father; but nothing came of his voyage, and he was fain to return. The most remarkable event of this second civil war was the cruel execution by the Parliamentary General, of Sir Charles Lucas and Sir George Lisle, two grand Royalist generals, who had bravely defended Colchester under every disadvantage of famine and distress for nearly three months. When Sir Charles Lucas was shot, Sir George Lisle kissed his body, and said to the soldiers who were to shoot him, "Come nearer, and make sure of me." "I warrant you, Sir George," said one of the soldiers, "we shall hit you." "Ay?" he returned with a smile, "but I have been nearer to you, my friends, many a time, and you have missed me." [Chapter XXXIII — "England under Charles the First," Fourth Part, 162]

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