Earl of Warwick pursues Prince Rupert back to Holland (141 words)

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In the spring and summer of 1648, when Charles I was in the possesion of the Parliamentarians - under arrest at Carisbrooke Castle, on the Isle of Wight - riots broke out in support of the Royalist cause across the South East, in Wales, and in the navy. A large proportion of the Parliamentary navy mutinied in support of the King. Prince Rupert of the Rhine, loyal deputy of Charles I, who had gone into exile at the end of the First Civil War, joined the fleet at Holland, under the command of the Duke of York (later James II). However, internal disagreements soon developed, due in part to the fact that the Royalists lacked the funds to support such a sizeable fleet, and it was not long before the navy returned to their erstwhile …

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  1. English Civil War