By the Sword Divided (1983– )

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Story of the English Civil War as seen through the eyes of two families; the Laceys, loyal to King Charles I, and the Fletchers, loyal to Oliver Cromwell.

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 Anne Lacey Fletcher (19 episodes, 1983-1985)
Andrew MacLachlan ...
 Nathaniel Cropper (18 episodes, 1983-1985)
Lucy Aston ...
 Lady Lucinda Ferrar / ... (17 episodes, 1983-1985)
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 Tom Lacey / ... (17 episodes, 1983-1985)
Rob Edwards ...
 John Fletcher (17 episodes, 1983-1985)
Eileen Way ...
 Minty (16 episodes, 1983-1985)
Rosalie Crutchley ...
 Goodwife Margaret (15 episodes, 1983-1985)
Janet Lees-Price ...
 Emma Bowen / ... (15 episodes, 1983-1985)
Johanna Myers ...
 Hannah Jackman / ... (15 episodes, 1983-1985)
Claire Davenport ...
 Mrs. Dumfry (15 episodes, 1983-1985)
Edward Peel ...
 Walter Jackman (14 episodes, 1983-1985)
Simon Butteriss ...
 Hugh Brandon (14 episodes, 1983-1985)
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 Dick Skinner (14 episodes, 1983-1985)
Debbie Goodman ...
 Rachel (12 episodes, 1983-1985)
Judy Buxton ...
 Susan Protheroe / ... (12 episodes, 1983-1985)
Bert Parnaby ...
 Sir Austin Fletcher (11 episodes, 1983-1985)
Simon Dutton ...
 Will Saltmarsh (10 episodes, 1983)
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 Sir Martin Lacey (9 episodes, 1983)
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Story of the English Civil War as seen through the eyes of two families; the Laceys, loyal to King Charles I, and the Fletchers, loyal to Oliver Cromwell. Written by Anonymous

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I was captivated!
17 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I only began watching the DVD set of this series because I had a friend visiting who needed to use my DVD player. Because I am not a historical fiction buff and didn't even know there was an English Civil War, I wasn't expecting to find it in the slightest bit interesting. I was very wrong. The writing and the acting really made the characters come to life for me. I cared deeply what happened to them, and the entire series captivated me. I also think the movie is a wonderful period piece, depicting life during that era. It laid out the history of the war without spending undue time on actual battle scenes.

If I had to pick out just one actor to praise, it would be Tim Bentinck as Tom Lacey. His performance captured my heart, not to mention the fact that at that time he resembled a young Alan Rickman!


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