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Newport, treaty of

Newport, treaty of, 1648. The end of the second civil war found Charles I still at Carisbrooke in the Isle of Wight. In September, Parliament, alarmed at the growth of radicalism in the army, resumed negotiations with the king in the town hall at Newport. Charles made substantial concessions over episcopacy and control of the militia, but admitted privately that he negotiated ‘merely in order for my escape’. When the negotiations foundered in November, the army seized power and the king was moved to Hurst castle on the mainland, as a preliminary to bringing him to trial.

J. A. Cannon

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