This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images,
or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the
original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1911. Not
illustrated. Excerpt: ... VI FLIGHT 'He that is thy friend indeed,
He will help thee in thy need.' Twenty-five miles from Worcester,
on the outskirts of Brewood Forest, stood a solitary farm-house, by
name Whiteladies. Once a Cistercian convent, it had passed into the
hands of the Giffards, a Catholic family. The sons of their old
steward, Penderell, still lived on the estate in 1651--William and
his wife at Boscobel House; Richard and old Mrs. Penderell at
Hobbel Grange, the birthplace of them all; George, Humphrey, and
John at Whiteladies itself. Like the Giffards, they were Catholics,
and loyal. After the defeat at Wigan in August the Earl of Derby
had taken refuge with them; and to them, after Worcester, his
thoughts turned once more when the question arose, " Whither shall
our King flee for refuge?" Whiteladies had been dark and silent for
some hours on the night of September 3 when the noise of galloping
hoofs roused young George Penderell from sleep. Whilst he was still
in a half-dreaming state, a knock at the front door turned his
dreams into actualities. He jumped out of bed and opened the
casement. Below, in the faint light of coming dawn, he saw a knot
of horsemen. It was too dark to distinguish faces; but one rider
seemed taller than the rest, and beneath the shadow of a
broad-brimmed hat fell the darker shadow of a profusion of long
black hair. "What news from Worcester?" called young George. "The
worst " replied a voice briefly. "The King is defeated." "Where is
he ?" asked Penderell; and the same cautious voice made answer: "He
is here " Without further questioning, George ran downstairs to
admit the fugitives. By the time the King and his companions--the
Earls of Derby, Shrewsbury, Cleaveland, the Duke of Buckingham,
Lord Wilmot, and many others--had entered the ...
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