In an attempt to bring to an end the stalemate that had followed the capture of King Charles I in 1646, in November 1648 the New Model Army issued The Remonstrance of the Army. This was a manifesto primarily designed to justify the army's decision to to give up negotiating with the King, and instead to hold him to a trial in court. Parliament, however, responded to this inflammatory document by refusing to consider it, arguing that discussion should wait until negotiations with the King had finished. The Army now took matters into its own hands, and marched into London to enforce its demands.
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