By David Cooke
All through recorded heritage Yorkshire has been a environment for war of all types - marches, skirmishes and raids, pitched battles and sieges. And it's the sieges of the Civil battle interval - which frequently obtain much less awareness than other kinds of strive against - which are the point of interest of David Cooke's new historical past. Hull, York, Pontefract, Knaresborough, Sandal, Scarborough, Helmsley, Bolton, Skipton - all witnessed impressive sieges throughout the bloody doubtful years of the Civil Wars. His shiny reconstructions enable the reader to go to the castles and cities the place sieges came about and stand at the floor the place blood was once spilt for the reason - for king or Parliament. utilizing modern bills and a wealth of maps and illustrations, his e-book permits the reader to stick to the process every one siege and units every one operation within the context of the Civil Wars within the North.
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A large proportion of the troops raised in the North had marched south with the King. The Earl of Cumberland, the King’s commander in Yorkshire, gave orders to recruit new forces to hold the county against the Parliamentary forces being raised in several areas around. The Royalist army was mainly gathered in and around York. Parliament had three separate forces being raised in the county. In the West Riding, Lord Ferdinando Fairfax raised his troops from the mill towns around Halifax and Bradford and these troops began to put pressure on the Royalists from the west.
Pontefract and Scarborough were also besieged during the Second Civil War. The intention of the current work is to provide the reader with as detailed an account of these sieges as possible, in line with the coverage of battles in my previous book. It is hoped that the two together will give a comprehensive account of the military operations in the county during the Civil Wars. Siege Warfare A siege was an attempt to capture a defended location by a superior attacking force. In the context of the English Civil Wars, a defended location could be a number of different things.
The whole force was under the command of the Earl of Lindsey. Lindsey began his preparations for the siege by sending mounted troops to reconnoitre the land around the town. Hotham had few cavalry with which to prevent this. The town was well fortified and the defenders were much better equipped than their Royalist opponents. A suggestion was made to cut the town’s water supply but this was deemed impossible as the River Hull ran with fresh water when the tide was going out. The town’s water table was so high that it only took a couple of feet of digging for the hole to start filling with water, indeed it was said that when a burial took place in the town the corpse would drowned before the grave was filled in!