Cromwell was a Puritan. Most Puritans used Biblical names like Obadiah (a prophet), but some used names like the ones you can find here.
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A certain guy tells a lady that Cromwell's men came to this village in the past. He says:
They came. Twelve of them, under a Sergeant withvery much akin.
one of those Biblical phrases for a name, not quite
“Obadiah bind-their-kings-with-chains”, but something
Does "for a name" mean they came proclaiming a biblical phrase or maybe this phrase was written on something?
What does "Obadiah" mean?
Last edited by GUEST2008; 19-May-2011 at 12:45.
So it would mean:
Obadiah (we want you to) bind their kings with chains?
No, not really. "Obadiah-bind-their-kings-with-chains" is a name for a person. It's not a real name -- the author made it up in order to parody the Puritan style of naming people. As you can see in the link, there was a real person whose name was If-Christ-had- not-died-for- thee-thou-hadst- been-damned, like my name is Milena. "If Christ had not died for thee thou hadst been damned" is a quotation from the Bible and Puritans would use such quotations as names. "Bind their kings with chains" is also a quotation from the Bible, and the author imagined it might also be a name of a Puritan. It would be an appropriate name, because Puritans opposed the king. As you know, king Charles I was executed by Cromwellians.
Ok, I see. It is someone's name.
So the phrase "for a name" in the quoted text means that one of those 12 guys was called "Obadiah bind ..."?
Last edited by birdeen's call; 19-May-2011 at 13:41. Reason: typo