Roundheads

Roundheads, derisive name for the supporters of Parliament during the English civil war . The name, which originated c.1641, referred to the short haircuts worn by some of the Puritans in contrast to the fashionable long-haired wigs worn by many of the supporters of King Charles I, who were called Cavaliers.

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