Manchester's reluctance to join forces with the Earl of Essex and his poor generalship at the second battle of Newbury (October 1644) drew fierce criticism from Oliver Cromwell, lieutenant-general of horse in the Eastern Association. Cromwell denounced Manchester's attitude and leadership in a speech before the House of Commons in November 1644.
The English Civil War (1642-1651) started when Charles I raised his royal standard in Nottingham. The split between Charles and Parliament was such that neither side was willing to back down over the principles that they held and war was inevitable as a way in which all problems could be solved. The country split into those who supported the King and those who supported Parliament – the classic ingredients for a civil war. This blog will record my wargaming journey through the English Civil War using 28mm miniatures.