May 29, 2008

Happy Oak Apple Day!


Yes, today is not only the birthday of Charles II in 1630, it is also the anniversary of his return to London and the restoration of the Monarchy in 1660 after Cromwell's rat-bastard "protectorate" collapsed on itself. The "oak apple" refers to the episode in which Charles hid in the Royal Oak at Boscobel House in order to escape Roundhead patrols after his loss of the Battle of Worcester in 1651.

Aaaaand, here's a piece of trivia which I did not know: Virginia is known as the "Old Dominion". Apparently, this name was given by Charles himself because the colony remained staunchly Royalist during the Cromwellian Dark Times.


Posted by Robert at May 29, 2008 08:44 AM | TrackBack

Right you are about the origins of the description of Virginia as the Old Dominion, Robbo. Virginia also was said to represent the monarch's "Fifth Crown," on par with those of England, Scotland, Ireland, and France.

Posted by: Old Dominion Tory at May 29, 2008 12:47 PM