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God's Wounds!

In 1629, when the English Parliament produced a document censuring the policies of Charles I, the king attempted to dissolve the body. Uproar ensued in the House, as its Speaker, in apparent obedience to the king, prepared to leave the chamber. "God's wounds!" Holles cried. "You shall sit here till we please to rise!" Proceeding to the Speaker's chair, he and another man forcibly held the Speaker in his seat until a document condemning Roman Catholicism and illegal taxes had been read in full.

[Despite Holles's attempt to make peace between Cromwell and the king, the English Civil War began in August 1642.]

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