May 23, 2017

On High Petergate (the road leading direct from Bootham Bar, the northern point of entrance into the city, to the Minster), an inauspicious blue plaque notes that it was the lodgings of Sir Thomas Herbert, 'a Puritan who later became a Groom of the Bedchamber and a clo...

May 19, 2017

Although Charles I was in the south during the Siege of York, focusing his personal military campaign on keeping the upper hand in Oxfordshire (Cropredy Bridge, 29 June), he was deeply concerned about the situation in York, and he sent his nephew, Prince Rupert, to rel...

May 19, 2017

On the trail of a key figure in York's Civil War fortunes, Sir Thomas Fairfax. When Charles I attempted to raise his standard in York in June 1642 Sir Thomas was chosen to represent the local nobility to express their unhappiness with his cause of action. He played a c...

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