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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Series cast summary:
 Anne Lacey Fletcher (19 episodes, 1983-1985)
Andrew MacLachlan ...
 Nathaniel Cropper (18 episodes, 1983-1985)
 Tom Lacey (17 episodes, 1983-1985)
Lucy Aston ...
 Lady Lucinda Ferrar / ... (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)
Johanna Myers ...
 Hannah Jackman / ... (15 episodes, 1983-1985)
Janet Lees-Price ...
 Emma Bowen / ... (15 episodes, 1983-1985)
Claire Davenport ...
 Mrs. Dumfry (15 episodes, 1983-1985)
 Dick Skinner (14 episodes, 1983-1985)
Edward Peel ...
 Walter Jackman (14 episodes, 1983-1985)
Simon Butteriss ...
 Hugh Brandon (14 episodes, 1983-1985)
Judy Buxton ...
 Susan Protheroe / ... (12 episodes, 1983-1985)
Debbie Goodman ...
 Rachel (12 episodes, 1983-1985)
Bert Parnaby ...
 Sir Austin Fletcher (11 episodes, 1983-1985)
Simon Dutton ...
 Will Saltmarsh (10 episodes, 1983)
 Sir Martin Lacey (9 episodes, 1983)


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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Very good
21 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I first saw this on Masterpiece Theater back in 1986. I think it was a repeat. It'd about two families. The Laceys, who are Royalists, (people loyal to King Charles I,) and the Fletchers, who are Roundheads, (people loyal to Oliver Cromwell, and by extension, Parliament.) Very good. The Laceys are Royalists, (Cavaliers,) who support the English monarchy, and King Charles I.

Charles I, who as everyone knows, or should know, was England's first absolute monarch since King John, prior to the signing of the Magna Carta, at Runnymede in 1215. The Fletchers, Roundheads, (Parliamentarians,) are upset with King Charles because he repeatedly dismissed Parliament. The Parliament that rebelled against Charles I was known as the Rump Parliament, part of the Long Parliament, which refused to be dismissed, until Oliver Cromwell became the Lord Protector of the English Commonwealth, which lasted until his death in 1659. and the Restoration of King Charles II.

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