Francis and Isabel: Manor Farm House at the Heart of History

 

by Unknown engraver, line engraving, 18th century

by Unknown engraver, line engraving, 18th century

For those with an interest in history, the drama of the Civil War and the birth of Quakerism is vividly brought to life through the story of the original occupants of the house – Col Francis Hacker and Isabel Hacker,  a Civil War revolutionary and his Quaker wife.

The House was originally home to Colonel Francis Hacker, a leader of Cromwell’s Parliamentarian troops in the English Civil War, who was involved in the capture of Charles I and oversaw his execution. He was later himself executed for regicide – the crime of killing a King. His wife Isabel was one of the first Quakers, converted by George Fox, the Leicestershire born founder of the Quakers. She died while awaiting deportation to Jamaica for her beliefs. Their relationship is a compelling story, both in the remarkable way their love endured no matter their differences and their ordeals, and in the questions of faith and power their story invokes, questions that ripple down the centuries to us today.