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Cornet George Joyce (Jacob Huysmans)

An 18th Century illustration of Joyce's arrest of Charles I in 1647

Cornet George Joyce (born 1618) was an officer in the Parliamentary New Model Army during the English Civil War.[1]

Between 2 and 5 June 1647, while the New Model Army was assembling for rendezvous at the behest of the recently formed Army Council, George Joyce seized King Charles I from Parliament's custody at Holdenby House and bought him to Thomas Fairfax's headquarters on Triplo Heath (8 miles south of Cambridge,[2] and now spelled Thriplow Heath), a move that weakened Parliament's position and strengthened the Army's.[3][4]

Notes and references

  1. David Plant, George Joyce, Agitator, b.1618, British Civil Wars and Commonwealth website
  2. Triplo Heath is 8 miles south of Cambridge. (Jedidiah Morse, Richard Cary Morse (1823), New Universal Gazetteer: Or Geographical Dictionary ..., S. Converse. p. 772. This paragraph incorporates text from this source, a publication now in the public domain.
  3. Thomas Carlyle (editor 1861) . Oliver Cromwell's Letters and Speeches, Bernhard Tauchnitz. p. 275
  4. Woolrych, Austin (2004). Britain in Revolution: 1625-1660, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-927268-9, ISBN 978-0-19-927268-6. p. 363

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