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Voices from Rycote: Letter from Henry Bertie to his brother describing the battle of Sedgemoor

On 21 June 1685 Henry Bertie left Oxford, with the militia horse, to join the royal army at Reading commanded by the Earl of Feversham. As the army marched to engage the Duke of Monmouth's rebel force in the West Country, Henry Bertie chronicled its progress in his letters to his brothers Peregrine Bertie and James Bertie, 1st Earl of Abingdon, the Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire. The letters provided the Earl of Abingdon with an essential source of reliable and frequent news. This particular letter describes Monmouth's defeat at the battle of Sedgemoor, in Somerset, on 6 July 1685. The letter is remarkable for Henry Bertie's extremely idiosyncratic spelling. (Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 51, fol. 159r)

Voices from Rycote: Letter from Henry Bertie to his brother describing the battle of Sedgemoor