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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 nuthook.” (Itinerarium Curiosum, iii. p. 57, 1724.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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