Amongst the archives of the High Wycombe Society are a number of items that have been used on exhibition boards over the past fifty years. One of these is a reproduction of a pamphlet announcing “A Glorious and Happy VICTORY” in 1642.
Historians will immediately recognise this as a propaganda pamphlet of the period. There is no reason to believe that the events described within it actually took place, but the people it sought to influence would not have had the means to verify or refute its contents.
As Samuel Johnson was to observe a century later: ‘Among the calamities of war may be jointly numbered the diminution of the love of truth, by the falsehoods which interest dictates and credulity encourages.’ (from The Idler, 1758) .
Nevertheless it is an interesting document which mentions Wickham in Buckinghamshire. A new transcription of its contents has recently been undertaken so that it can be more easily incorporated into displays when occasions demand.
In the meantime it can be viewed here: ArchiveCivilWarPropaganda.