Foto scattata proprio nel momento in cui uno scacco al re veniva subito ritirato.
“The blame for the débâcle at Derby must be shared equally by the prince and Lord George Murray. Both suffered forever afterwards from the momentous decision taken at the council on 5 December 1745. For Murray the retreat meant ruin and exile. For the prince it was the beginning of the collapse of his own personality (...) The prince, who had trekked at the head of his army on the way south (‘The first time I saw this loyal army (..): The Brave Prince marching on foot at their head like a Cyrus or Trojan hero, drawing admiration and love from all those who beheld him, raising their long dejected hearts (...) I felt a paternal ardour pervade my veins’ - John Daniels, voulunteer from Lancashire, Lifeguard) now rode depressed and sullen on horseback in the rear. Where on the march south he went to bed regularly at 11 pm, often sleeping fully clothed, and was up again at 3 am, on the retreat he slept late, drink a lot (...) There were to be others, in some ways greater, shocks to his psychic system, but after Derby, the prince was never the same again, except (...) for a brief period when his very survival was at stake in the heater. Just as the journey south fueled the positive side of his personality (...) stronger and stronger until (...) Derby, so on the withdrawal north the negative charges in his shaky ego seemed to increase exponentially (...) Even men with the strongest core of personal identity were shaken by the retreat (...) once they released they were heading back towards Scotland (...) the clansmen’s morale visibly plummeted. Ululations and cries of despair rent the air (...) At Versailles Louis XV had finally ordered an invasion of England in support of the prince (...) Ironically, news of the retreat from Derby reached Richelieu just as he arrived at Boulogne to take command (...) psychological superiority was thrown away” - Frank McLynn
“Those deep and salt waters of pain, anger, resentment, began to flood the heart (Charles’) which they were later to overflow, drowning, at last, love, kindness, trust, compassion” - Andrew Lang