In honor of William Cobbett's birthday on March 9, 1763, let us pretend we are gathered in The William Cobbett public house in Farnham, raising a pint in his honor!
Happy Birthday to the author of Rural Rides and A History of the Protestant Reformation in England and Ireland!
G.K. Chesterton wrote of the latter:
“He seemed to be calling black white, when he declared that what was white had
been blackened, or that what seemed to be white had only been whitewashed.”
Cobbett called Elizabeth I, "Bloody Bess" and Mary I, "Good Queen Mary"--and
people reading his work knew that Elizabeth I had been Bloody, "if pursuing
people with execution and persecution and torture makes a person bloody" and
that Mary I had been good, "if certain real virtues and responsibilities make a
person good" -- as Chesterton notes, "It was not really Cobbett's history that
was in controversy; it was his controversialism. It was not his facts that were
challenged, it was his challenge."
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