Friday, July 23, 2010

Jenny Geddes throws a chair 1637 Direct action: The new service book for churches, with some Catholic-style elements, so outraged vegetable stall-holder Jenny Geddes in St Giles's Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland, that she threw a stool at the dean, James Hannay. As she hurled it she cried, "Villain! Dost thou say Mass at ma lug [ear]?", and the dean had to run from a volley of stones hurled by the worshippers.

The flying piece of furniture led to the Scottish National Covenant, the Bishops' Wars (between England and Scotland) the English Civil War, the execution of King Charles I (1600 - 1649),  and the conquest of Scotland by Oliver Cromwell ...

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