chapter  17
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After Naseby

On 14 June 1645 the Royalist cause committed suicide at Naseby. Intoxicated by their victories, the King and his advisers did not wait for Gerard’s army to reinforce them, let alone Goring’s, but decided to attack Parliament’s field force, the so-called New Model Army, with their existing troops. They launched these uphill into an opposing force twice as numerous led by Parliament’s two best generals. At Marston Moor the fall of night had permitted many Royalist foot soldiers to get away. At Naseby, in the brilliant noontide, they had no escape. Among the infantry killed or captured were the last who had followed the King since 1642 and the last of the veterans sent over by Ormonde.