Leicester attacked by Prince Rupert

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Historical Context Note

Prince Rupert of the Rhine, King Charles' nephew, made his attack on Leicester at the end of May 1645 primarily as a divisionary tactic. The Parliamentarians had attacked Oxford, one of Charles's strongholds, and Rupert decided to attack the Midlands town of Leicester to draw forces away from Oxford. The Royalists used their artillery to bombard the city walls, and after successfully breaching the walls, they took the city with little difficulty.

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