Woodcut image of marching soldiers

The Siege of Gloucester

Contemporary cartoon image of marching soldiers

The Siege of Gloucester in the summer of 1643 changed the course of the English Civil War, and was believed by most people in the period to be the cause of the failure of the Royalist cause. King Charles I ultimately lost his head as a result.

Today the siege is overlooked by many commentators, but it is a story of personal and collective courage, and hides a mystery on which I muse during the talk. This is an illustrated talk and I can, if required, bring authentic items from the period for a small additional fee.

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