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Sunday, 9 February 2014


The name “Cavalier” was used derogatorily in 1642 by supporters of Parliament to describe swaggering courtiers with long hair and swords, who reportedly welcomed the prospect of war.

During the civil war in England in the mid-1600s, the Cavaliers wore shoulder-length hair in ringlets.

Oliver Cromwell condemned the decadence of the cavalier's flowing hair, moustaches and beards. He believed beards were an icon of the bourgeois cavalier classes and as a result they were going out of fashion. 

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