King Charles the Martyr, 1643-1649

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That evening, in the wainscoted parlour of the house in Farnham in which the King was billeted, among a crowd of army officers mingled with inhabitants of the neighbourhood who had come to pay him court, he perceived Harrison, and beckoning to him, drew him aside into a window recess, where he told him frankly of the rumours he had heard concerning him, which the Colonel indignantly denied. Presently however he began to hold forth in an ominously exalted strain about Justice being no respecter of persons, and the publicity with which Parliament meant to act, so that the King, who perceived that Harrison meant no good by this rant, closed the interview.

Next night they lodged at the King's own request, very unwillingly acceded to by Harrison, at Lord Newburgh's house at Bagshot. In his stables there was a horse reputed to be the fleetest in all England, on which his owner--a devoted loyalist--had a desperate idea of mounting the King in order that he might make a dash to elude his guards in Windsor Forest with whose intricacies he was thoroughly familiar--other horses being held in readiness at pre-arranged rendezvous. It was characteristic of the fatality that dogged all the King's attempts to escape, that this horse should have been lamed by the kick of a stable companion only the day before; but probably the scheme would have been hopeless in any case, for Harrison was on the qui vive and was taking no chances with his prisoner, whom he enclosed with guards, and mounted on a horse of his own choosing for the last stage of the journey to Windsor.


5
CROMWELL'S HAND IS FORCED

THE first person to greet the King on his arrival at Windsor was the unfortunate Hamilton, who was also a prisoner there. For him the bitterness of death had seemed to be past, since the as yet unpurged Parliament, which had lusted more after lucre than blood, had voted to let him off with a sentence of banishment and the huge fine of £100,000. After Pride's Purge however, this interested concession to mercy had been brusquely revoked. He had still however one chance to save his life, as the new masters of

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Introduction v
  • Contents ix
  • Illustrations xiii
  • I - The Clinch 1
  • I - The Court at Oxford 3
  • 3 - Newark and Cheriton 7
  • 4 - A Desperate Situation 11
  • 5 - Adieu! 16
  • 6 - The King's Strategy 19
  • 7 - A Night March 21
  • 8 - Rupert's Flank March Through Lancashire 25
  • 9 - The Relief of York and Cropredy Bridge 30
  • 10 - Marston Moor--The Challenge 33
  • II - Marston Moor--The Decision 36
  • 12 - The Escape of the Queen 50
  • 14 - Second Newbury and the Cavalier Recovery 54
  • 15 - Artist as General 58
  • II - Defeat 71
  • I - Tertium Quid 73
  • 3 - "Three Things I Will Not Part With" 76
  • 4 - The Liquidation of the Primate 81
  • 5 - A Foredoomed Negotiation 88
  • 6 - An Irish Imbroglio 92
  • 9 - Prelude to Naseby 97
  • 10 - Naseby 102
  • 12 - The King's Cabinet Rifled 112
  • 13 - The King Takes His Stand 116
  • 15 - Meeting and Reconciliation 124
  • 16 - Last Days at Oxford 130
  • 17 - Hobson's Choice 141
  • III - Captivity 149
  • I - Confidence Trick 151
  • 2 - Third Degree at Newcastle 155
  • 4 - "Barbarously Baited" 159
  • 5 - Foreshadowing Martyrdom 162
  • 6 - A King for Cash 168
  • 7 - Holdenby Backwater 171
  • 8 - The Mutiny of the New Model 173
  • 9 - The Commission of Cornet Joyce 178
  • 10 - The King at Newmarket 189
  • 15 - The Fall of London 203
  • 16 - Cromwell on the Turn 208
  • 17 - A Darkening Prospect 219
  • 18 - Escape from Prison 224
  • 21 - The Engagement with the Scots 232
  • 22 - The Trap Shuts 244
  • 24 - Escape Barred 247
  • 26 - Jane Whorwood 256
  • IV - Martyrdom 285
  • I - The Train is Laid 287
  • 3 - Hurst Castle and Pride's Purge 295
  • 4 - Journey to Windsor 299
  • 6 - Conspiracy to Murder 301
  • 7 - High Court of Justice 308
  • 8 - By What Authority? 313
  • 13 - Cromwell Takes Charge 344
  • 14 - Preparation for Death 348
  • 16 - "Cruel Necessity" 354
  • Appendices 369
  • Index 381
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