Know Thine Enemy In Civil War (1993)

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The third programme in a five-part series. The second of three dramas set during the English Civil War. The wounded Royalist soldier being harboured by the family at Westmoor Hall Farm is put under pressure by soldiers billeted at the farm to enlist in the Parliamentary Army. A lieutenant at the farm is given permission by his Captain to arrest the local Anglican minister. The Captain subsequently collapses and, after being administered a `physic' by the lieutenant, dies. After the discovery of his Royalist clothing, the young wounded soldier is accused of being a spy, but manages to persuade the lieutenant that he is spying for the Parliamentary cause. He is getting ready to leave the farm, when news comes that the lieutenant and his men are ransacking the church. When he tries to prevent the plunder, the family's manservant is killed by the lieutenant, who then orders the arrest of the young Royalist.

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