Bedfordshire

Bedfordshire

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...they could lay hands. On 25th August part of this force was at Bedford, and Charles slept that night and the next at Woburn Abbey. This was the last visit the Royalist troops paid the county. In August I646, the garrison of Newport Pagnell and the small garrison of Bedford, which consisted of eighty foot and forty dragoons (mounted infantry), were disbanded. But though the county was now free from all menace of assault, it was to see the King once more within its borders. When the controversy arose between the Army and Parliament upon the question of the settlement of the kingdom, the army headquarters were moved from Reading to Bedford, 22nd July, I647, and the King was brought from Caversham to Woburn. Cromwell and Ireton were constantly at Bedford and kept up the negotiations that they had begun at Reading. Charles was treated with all respect, the Earl of Bedford, who had been for some time in retirement at Woburn, attended him, the Earl of Cleveland visited him from Toddington, as did many other gentlemen from the neighbourhood, and he was allowed the services of secretaries and chaplains. It was at Woburn that the Army's Proposals, drawn up by Ireton "the wise penman," were laid before him. The Army leaders were opposed to the Presbyterian element, which was strong in London and the Commons House, and wished to make their own arrangements with the King without the interference of Parliament. The King thought that he could play the Independents and the Presbyterians one against the other, and so gain time while he negotiated for the help of the Scots. When Ireton and other Army officers had their final interview with him at Woburn Abbey the King, who had been encouraged by private assurances that the Parliament and...show more

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  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 91g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236953134
  • 9781236953131