Battle of Naseby

My ride today took me across Northamptonshire, to the battlefield of Naseby, where Charles I effectively lost his crown….and ultimately his head.20140306_122528_Android

Rupert’s view is the spot where Prince Rupert (The Royalists’ commander-in-chief) mustered his troops to prepare his attack on the Parliamentarians, led by Sir Thomas Fairfax. The Royalists’ position commanded a high ridge, normally a distinct advantage on the battlefield, but the Parliamentarians were hidden by the contour of the land, and were able to maneuver into a position to catch the Royalists by surprise.20140306_122731_Android

This viewing platform gives you a sweeping panorama to the south, giving you an idea of the Royalists’ perspective. Despite rough parity of numbers between the two sides, the Royalists were overwhelmed and massacred. King Charles escaped, but the 100 women camp followers on the Royalist side were put to the sword, an atrocity against civilians which was almost unheard of at the time.

Re-enactment of the battle

Re-enactment of the battle

One of the King’s places of refuge was the tiny community of Little Gidding in west Cambridgeshire, which he visited on May 2nd 1646. But he rapidly ran out of options and eventually surrendered himself to the Scottish Presbyterian army. After nine months in their ‘care’, he was sold to the Parliamentarians for the sum of £100,000……..a veritable king’s ransom.

Distance covered: 73 miles

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About Frank Burns

Looking for the extraordinary in the commonplace………taking the road less travelled……..striving for the ‘faculty of making happy chance discoveries’ in unremarkable circumstances. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on March 6, 2014, in Aspects of Britain, Cycling UK and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. By coindidence I was walking in Battle of Naseby territory yesterday – Marston Trussell, Sibbertoft, Cipston.
    You cover some distance on your rides!

  2. and I clearly can’t type straight this morning.

  3. Its funny that I am reading a post about the English civil war. I can asked my wife two nights ago what she was taught about the war at school and to my shock she said “absolutely nothing, but we did learn about the battle of Little Bighorn.” Crazy! As the internal conflict, even though a few hundred years ago, has had such long lasting implications – just ask the Irish. Looks like another nice place to go for a ride

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