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The Devil's Whore 

Set between the years 1642 and 1660, "The Devil's Whore" charts the progress of the English Civil War through the eyes of a 17 year old girl, the fictional Angelica Fanshawe.
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Andrea Riseborough ...  Angelica Fanshawe 4 episodes, 2008
Dominic West ...  Oliver Cromwell 4 episodes, 2008
Tom Goodman-Hill ...  John Lilburne 4 episodes, 2008
John Simm ...  Edward Sexby 4 episodes, 2008
Maxine Peake ...  Elizabeth Lilburne 4 episodes, 2008
Michael Fassbender ...  Thomas Rainsborough 4 episodes, 2008
Tim McInnerny ...  Joliffe 3 episodes, 2008
Peter Capaldi ...  King Charles I 3 episodes, 2008
Rob van Vuuren Rob van Vuuren ...  The Devil 3 episodes, 2008
Adrian Schiller ...  John Thurloe / ... 2 episodes, 2008
Al Weaver ...  Christian 2 episodes, 2008
Peter Terry ...  Commons Speaker 2 episodes, 2008
David Sherwood David Sherwood ...  Juxon Bishop Confessor 2 episodes, 2008
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During Oliver Cromwell's puritanical regicidal revolution, the fictional aristocratic manor lady Angelica Fanshawe follows her heart rather than political loyalty in the bloody conflict between royalists and Roundheads, and later among Crowell's triumphant, soon rivaling protestant followers. For love, she commits to several parties. Written by KGF Vissers

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Inspiring historical drama.
12 December 2008 | by jhsteelSee all my reviews

I can't believe that I know so little about the English Civil War and this series has stimulated me to learn more. The characters were portrayed so well that I feel I want to know so much more about those who were real people. John Simm's performance as Edward Sexby haunts me because he spent so much time longing for a relationship with Angelica, then finally reached his goal, only to move away from her again towards another greater goal. It was inspiring, and I was captivated by the visual impact and the political power of the plot. Like the West Wing, the Devil's Whore managed to make me interested in political issues that may seem dull elsewhere. Oliver Cromwell came across as a real man and most of the real historical figures were 3-dimensional. Angelica was fascinating and powerful, and it doesn't matter that she was not real historically - she held the story together. The details of the struggle between the monarch and the parliamentarians is very gripping and is at the roots of our present system of democracy - probably the model for all democracies.

As a Quaker, I need to know as much as possible about this period in English history, because out of the many religious and political groups which grew up in the turbulence of the 17th century, the Society of Friends is one that has survived adapted to modern life - something that the Ranters and Levellers were unable to do.

Overall, my main impression was one of fascination with the story of Angelica's life and Sexby's devotion to her - it was a great inspiring tale. Such a shame that it had to be cut down from 12 episodes to 4 - how much more would we have gained if we could have seen all that was planned?


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