In the spring 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 Kent, rebels quickly seized many key towns, aided by a naval mutiny at the Downs naval base at Chatham. General Fairfax, who had been heading north to deal with the Scottish threat, was forced to divert to face this new challenge. However, the rebel Royalists were no match for the New Model Army. The two forces met at the Battle of Maidstone. Once the leader of the Royalists, the Earl of Norwich, realised the serious nature of the threat, it was a tight-fought battle, but by midnight on 24 June, in the midst of a …
Battle of Maidstone (177 words)
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