…when the King was restored; but it is necessary for the right understanding of these times that we should know something of the struggles that preceded them. Therefore, we shall consider briefly the earlier history of the Covenants, and trace the rise of that party and cause which was afterwards called to endure so much, and was crowned at last with so glorious a victory.
James had inherited a nervous and timid disposition from the shocking circumstances which surrounded his birth. He is said to have shuddered whenever he saw a drawn sword, and in these days swords were so commonly carried and so lightly drawn that the King could hardly fail to live in a constant state of apprehension. A braver and sounder spirit would have met steel with steel.
Such an appeal to arms, however, was…
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