Very much like Rosemary Sutcliff's Simon, my favourite of all her books. These correctives were highly necessary. I get madly irritated by all the royalist guff in older childrens' books.

Sally wrote
But his sympathies were still
obvious (for instance in the historical ones set in the seventeenth century,
his heroes are always on the side of Parliament / Puritans, rather than King
/ Cavaliers, but with sympathetic characters from both sides, usually).

-- Barbara Dryden

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