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After the seige

Epilogue – December 1646

Its been a long time since I have had time to write in this diary. But I must explain how grateful I am to the brave time adventurers.

The cannon helped us stay in the castle for another whole month when we thought everything was over. After four months, however, we were defeated by Cromwell’s forces, the numbers of cannons and men were just too high for us, however I will be eternally grateful for the help of my young friends who helped change the course of history

Old Blue Stockings

June 1646

To appease my desire to visit somewhere more scarier we decided to visit Colonel Salesbury (AKA Old Blue Stockings) who is holding a siege at Denbigh Castle! Tesni was a bit worried that this was a dangerous thing to do but I managed to convince her that we could escape at any time in our time machine! We landed in the courtyard and, wow, what a noise! The castle was in the middle of being bombarded by cannons from the outside.

At that point I wasn’t so sure that we had made a good decision in going there! We walked cautiously up some steps where we were once again grabbed unceremoniously by some soldiers and dragged to the dungeons for questioning! Are you spies? One soldier barked at us, who do you work for? shouted another, eyeing our clothes suspiciously. We tell them our story and I think they were so battle weary from all the bombardment from the Cromwellians that they did not question us too much but to stop them pointing their swords at us I promised that we could get them another cannon.

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A new canon!

26 June 1646

Canon

Today we were on the battlements when I heard a commotion in the west tower. As I turn I see my young friends hoisting up a cannon of the finest workmanship! I could hardly believe my eyes but how grateful I am to them!

Cromwell’s men may have a greater strength in number and firepower. But we have our faith and loyalty to the King. I truly believe this cannon will help us defeat Cromwell.

Hope from the future?

25 June 1646

Thing are getting really tough! Our water and food supply is getting fairly low so everything is rationed which is a shame as a good square meal might help raise my soldiers spirits. But this afternoon things took a very strange turn, a turn, I hope, for the better!

I was just worrying about how we were going to defend against the bombardment today. Our firing capabilities are very limited. What I really needed was a cannon to start bombarding those numbskulls down there! When suddenly there was a flash of lightening.

My first thought was our enemy had developed new weapons, but to my astonishment two young people came up the stairs of the west tower! How on earth did they get into the castle? There must be a secret passage I didn’t know about. (note to self; check out secret passages).

captured by old blue stockingWell, we took them to the dungeons to question. They tell me they are from the future! I thought I’d heard it all before but this devilry? I do not know? They tell me if I set them free they will be able to get me another cannon. How can this be? We are so desperate my confidants and advisors tell me we have nothing to loose other than free them and see if their magic works.

The Denbigh Castle Seige

16 June 1646

seige of denbigh castle

We are three months into a siege at Denbigh Castle against Cromwelian attack. They’ve been pounding my castle walls with cannons for days now. Well let them carry on if they like, we won’t give up! This English castle has stood for 400 years and after my repairs it will stand for 400 more!

I finished repairing Denbigh Castle a while ago for our Majesty King Charles I. We are in the midst of the civil war to stop Oliver Cromwell taking power from the King and giving to the ordinary people. They call it democracy! Pah! Ridiculous idea!

Anyway, the castle will play a key part in our campaign to stop those sniveling parliamentarians taking over. I invited King Charles over last autumn to see my handy work. He was long over due a visit to Wales. And to be honest with you I needed to have words with him about his strategy. I treated him to 2 hours of my famous plain speaking.

I maybe an old man now but I’ve been around and know a thing or two. As a young man I lived an exciting life on the open sea. But when I returned from my travels I found my family estates run down and in debt. Since then I have worked hard for thirty years to bring it back to the grandeur of my ancestors.

I absolutely refuse to give up the fruits of my labour to those low down Parliamentarians!