Although King Charles I had been defeated in the First English Civil War largely as a result of the successful alliance between the English Parliamentarians and the Scottish Covenanters, in the aftermath of Charles's capture, the English and Scottish parts of this alliance disagreed about how to move forward. In December 1647, the imprisoned King Charles I signed an alliance, known as the 'Engagement', with the Presbyterian Scottish Covenanters, who feared the influence in Parliament of the 'Independents', or religious separatists. James, Duke of Hamilton, recruited an army composed of some stalwart Royalists, and some Covenanters, although the uneasy combination of loyalties behind this invasion prevented him being able to recruit …
Engager Army led by Lord Hamilton crosses the English border (142 words)
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