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1648 – “Pride’s Purge”, a military coup d’état ends the Long Parliament

6 December

Pride’s Purge was an event that took place in December 1648, during the Second English Civil War, when troops under the command of Colonel Thomas Pride forcibly removed from the Long Parliament all those who were not supporters of the Grandees in the New Model Army and the Independents. It is arguably the only military coup d’état in English history. Continue reading “1648 – “Pride’s Purge”, a military coup d’état ends the Long Parliament”

1642 – Battle of Turnham Green: The Royalist forces fail to take London

13 November

The Battle of Turnham Green occurred on this day in 1642 near the village of Turnham Green, at the end of the first campaigning season of the First English Civil War.

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1645 – The Battle of Rowton Heath

24 September – On this day

The Battle of Rowton Heath (also known as the Battle of Rowton Moor), occurred on this day in 1645 during the English Civil War. Fought by the Parliamentarians, commanded by Sydnam Poyntz, and the Royalists under the personal command of King Charles I, it was a significant defeat for the Royalists, with heavy losses and Charles prevented from relieving the Siege of Chester. Continue reading “1645 – The Battle of Rowton Heath”

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