Not particularly seasonal thoughts, I know, but I’m sure you’re providing more than enough festive cheer for the both of us.
I was reading something this morning in which the author referred to the “English revolution of the seventeenth century and the French revolution of the eighteenth”.
Second, why does nobody in this country refer to the ‘English Civil War’ (as if this weren’t a country already beset by them) as a revolution? I suspect it is part of the horrible embarrassment the English suffer on the subject of Cromwell, rather like the worse-than-ambivalence the French have towards Napoleon. Sometimes I wonder if it wasn’t Cromwell’s mania that put this country off the idea of revolution permanently.