Group #3 assignment
The letter that I chose to undertake and unpack is number 14. In this letter, the king is writing to the queen informing her of the good news that the city of Oxford is free from the rebels. He says that it is his hope that this letter will reach her sooner than he could have expected now that the city of Oxford has been taken from the rebels. The king chronicles the events, talking about how he “believes the rebels are weaker than they are thought to be.” In the letter, the king speaks of how the rebels raised their siege and fled from Oxford to Brackley, and then to Brickhill before he and his men could come near them. He almost sounds disappointed when he says “I thought they would have fought with me.” He reasons that they did not fight with him because of their many distractions, and goes on to list the places of the battles that have the rebel army spread out. These struggles are mentioned briefly in the preface in which the editor says “but were our cause altered, as it is not; or were we worse rebels then formerly, as none can affirm which takes notice of our late sufferings.” The editor obviously is on the rebel’s side, referring to it as “our cause” and talking about “our patience”. It is interesting to read from the perspective of both opposing sides.
After talking about business, the king then turns his attention to the queen. He tells her that he believes his mistakes will not harm or trouble him and that they are needless, but he is still tedious to tell her about them. On a more personal note, the king says that the letter from Fitz Williams assuring him of her full recovery from an injury makes him capable of taking contentment in these successes among loss, one on the battlefield, and one of his lover. The king closes on a tender note, saying that after this rebellion is dealt with that the queen’s company is the only reward he expects and wishes for.
I could see how this letter could be considered controversial to some extent, but do not believe it to be as offensive as many of the other entries. I believe that this letter is controversial because the king is consciously allowing the murder of his own people. That is ludicrous to think about, but sometimes violence may be the only answer against a rebellion. Edward Snowden would probably want the people to stand up to their government in this situation. “Individuals have international duties which transcend the national obligations of obedience. Therefore individual citizens have the duty to violate domestic laws to prevent crimes against peace and humanity from occurring.” (Edward Snowden’s Real Impact) Snowden believes that the people have a duty to fight against these crimes committed by their government. It is their right to fight against their government if they are knowingly killing their own people.
Another way this could be considered controversial is because the king is sharing information and details of the battlefield with his wife. I don’t think that Snowden would necessarily agree with the king sharing this information with his wife. He would pretty much think that the king sharing information like this would be a detriment to society, apparent here: “For society to function well,” he wrote, “there have to be basic levels of trust and cooperation, a respect for institutions and deference to common procedures.”” (The Banality of Systematic Evil) Another way it could be considered to be controversial is because the king writes about how he has made mistakes but believes they will not have any consequences. It is almost like he brushes over mistakes that may have resulted in the loss of life like they are no big deal, as if he is infallible. He shows no lament for what is happening to his own people. I would be upset if I knew that’s how much my king valued my life.