'God forbid it should come to that': the feud between Colonel Molesworth and Major-General O'Brien in Portugal, 1663

Appleby, David J.
October 2011
Seventeenth Century;Autumn2011, Vol. 26 Issue 2, p346
Academic Journal
This article investigates the events surrounding the court martial of a former royalist officer serving in the Anglo-Irish Brigade in Portugal in 1663. It seeks to explain how, in seeking to save him, the activities of Colonel Molesworth's personal network of friends and relatives triggered an international incident which led to the arrest of the Brigade's commander, high-level commissions in Lisbon and Whitehall and the personal intervention of Charles II. For all that it was a neglected legion of unwanted misfits and relics from the Civil Wars, it is argued here that the Anglo-Irish Brigade had a wider significance in Restoration politics than has hitherto been appreciated.


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