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 Charles I.Charles’s Wain. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Charles and the Oak.
When Charles II. fled from the Parliamentary army, he took refuge in Boscobel House; but when he deemed it no longer safe to remain there, he concealed himself in an oak. Dr. Stukeley says that this tree “stood just by a horse-track passing through the wood, and the king, with Colonel Carlos, climbed into it by means of the hen-roost ladder. The family reached them victuals with a nut-hook.” (Itinerarium Curio’sum, iii. p. 57, 1724.)   1

 Charles I.Charles’s Wain. 


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