Troublemakers have always been around
Troublemakers sometimes start civil wars. For some time, I have been writing a book set in the so-called English Civil War. I wrote about it in a previous post. When I started it, our divisions over Brexit were in danger of tearing the country apart. It seemed a lot like 1641. When Coronavirus came along, we seemed to forget our differences and all worked together to help each other. We even gave the government the benefit of the doubt a lot of times. Gradually, that has subsided, as the blame game has resurfaced and as we get mixed messages. I sympathise with those who fear for their health and with those who are anxious to get back to… OK not ‘normal’ but at least to get out more and do all kinds of ‘normal’ things.
Who are today’s troublemakers?
There are several candidates. Black Lives Matter has become a phenomenon in the UK as well as the US. I’ll be writing about that soon. As if we hadn’t enough problems, Brexit has reared its ugly head again, reopening old wounds. And some people have reminded us that climate change is definitely not going away. As always, when there are peaceful demonstrations, some people get carried away and others jump on the bandwagon, giving the whole movement a bad name, playing into the hands of those who would love to get our attention off the real issues and onto the rights and wrongs of the details of the demonstrations. What’s that got to do with my writing?
Are there troublemakers in my new book?
Yes. But you’ll have to decide who they are when you read it. The present time makes 1641 seem relevant again. It also reminds me that even the peaceful changes we have had in this country didn’t come quite as peacefully as all that. Vested interests have always resisted progress. The Chartists and the Suffragettes had to get a bit extreme before they got their way. I also thought of an incident in the Bible where the prophet Elijah condemns King Ahab for turning away from God and doing some nasty things, disrespecting human rights. Ahab calls Elijah ‘You troubler of Israel’ and Elijah replies, ‘It is you who made the trouble when you turned away from God’. Regardless of your religion, or lack of it, I hope you get the point.
The radicals are not always the troublemakers.
The unjust authorities are the real culprits for the trouble that results. So lets work for an end to racism, and a real effort to save the planet. When I’ve finished it, I hope you’ll see the relevance of my book set in the Civil War. Without Cromwell and the parliamentarians, we might still have had an absolute monarchy. Or might we be heading for one again – or something similar? If you’ve not read my previous books, perhaps now is a good time, before the next one comes out. Highwaypersons, Book I, Debts and Duties, and Book II, The King’s Justice.For shorter reads try Geoffrey’s Historical Shorts.
One of those stories, ‘A Matter of Honour’ is the beginning of my new book, with the Civil War looming. I hope you enjoy some of the shorts.