The King Siezed By Joyce At Holmby House June 4th. 1647.The Scots haveing deliver'd up the King to the Parliament on Jan. 30th. 1646....detain'd Prisoner at Hampton Court.
[John Bowles, London, c.1750.]
Engraving, sheet 410 x 440mm. Trimmed within plate, glued to album page.
After escaping the Siege of Oxford in April 1646, Charles I put himself into the hands of the Scottish Presbyterian army at Newark, and was taken to nearby Southwell while his 'hosts' decided what to do with him. The Presbyterians finally arrived at an agreement with Parliament and delivered Charles to them in 1647. He was imprisoned at Holdenby House in Northamptonshire, until cornet George Joyce took him by force to Newmarket in the name of the New Model Army. At this time, mutual suspicion had developed between the New Model Army and Parliament, and Charles was eager to exploit it. The King was then transferred first to Oatlands and then to Hampton Court, where more involved but fruitless negotiations took place. He was persuaded that it would be in his best interests to escape — perhaps abroad, perhaps to France, or perhaps to the custody of Colonel Robert Hammond, Parliamentary Governor of the Isle of Wight. He decided on the last course, believing Hammond to be sympathetic, and fled on 11 November. Hammond, however, was opposed to Charles, whom he confined in Carisbrooke Castle. Engraved by Nathaniel Parr.
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