Rabbit Trail: King Charles Hiding in the Oak Tree

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Polynesia tells Doctor Dolittle that she is so old that King Charles was still hiding in the oak tree. Do you know why a king would hide in a tree? Read the following article to find out.

Charles II Hides in the Boscobel Oak

At Worcester on Wednesday, September 3rd, the Roundheads under Oliver Cromwell routed Charles II and his Scots. The young king - he was twenty-one - slipped away on horseback with a few trusted companions. About dawn on the 4th they reached White Ladies, a house owned by the Giffard family, east of Tong in Shropshire, 40 miles from Worcester.

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