Charles I's wife, Queen Henrietta Maria, had left England as war
was breaking out the previous year. Staying in The Hague, she had
championed the Royalist cause on the continent, raising funds for
her husband's war and gathering an army. In February 1643, she
returned to England, landing at Bridlington in Yorkshire so as to
be within easy access of the King's wartime capital at York.
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- English Civil War