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Battle of Northampton, 1264

Second Barons' War

On 3 April 1264. King Henry III, his son Prince Edward (later King Edward I) assembled an army and left Oxford marching towards Northampton. At their head, Henry’s dragon banner with sapphire eyes. In the meantime the rebels commanded by Simon de Montfort’s son, seized Northampton and summonsed the men of the county to gather outside the walls, near the modern day Beckets Park. Despite many protestations, they were forced to defend the towns’ south wall. The Second Baron’s War had begun! On April 4 1264 Henry III’s army began to arrive at Northampton from the south. They were prepared for a long siege and carried with them a variety of siege engines which they brought along the modern London Road and set them up to the south of the town, in what is ...

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