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  • Date: 14 June 1645
  • Location: Northamptonshire, England
  • Campaign: The Civil Wars of Britain (1639-51)
  • Combatants: Parliamentarians against Royalists
  • Protagonists: Lieutenant-General Oliver Cromwell and Captain-General Sir Thomas Fairfax; King Charles I and Prince Rupert of the Rhine
  • Outcome: Decisive Parliamentarian victory

16 comments

IAN DEXTER
13 April 2013, 10.09am

That Naseby is currently only

That Naseby is currently only 8th in the table shows the appalling ignorance of history prevalent in our country today - and frankly a total lack of clarity of thought among people who should know better. Only Hastings comes anywhere near. In both cases the outcome could have gone either way, and unlike other battles it cannot be said that 'one side or another would have won the wider campaign in the end'. Iris has got it right: Naseby changed everything, not just for Britain but for the world.

Christopher YOung
2 April 2013, 7.12pm

The Battle of Nasby put in

The Battle of Nasby put in place the foundations for the creation of our parliamentary democracy - something that we have been exporting ever since. It could so easily have turned out differently if Charles I has stayed on Oxendon Hill - it was foggy and as a result he moved to the low ground and fought up in to Naseby. How different the world could have been - would the USA exist as we know it? Would the British Empire have existed in the way that it did?

Colin mitchell
25 March 2013, 5.32pm

Naseby must be the greatest

Naseby must be the greatest battle due to it's (knock on ) effect with parliment and Royalty.

Mark Tebbit
24 February 2013, 4.48pm

This one changed the course

This one changed the course of British history. Quite extaordinary, as the royalist forces had everything going for them a few years earlier and should have won. The rise of parliamentary democract and everything that flowed from it in our national life would have been delayed by a century or more if Naseby had gone the other way.

Paul J. Weighell
15 February 2013, 8.36pm

Set Englishman against

Set Englishman against Englishman and led to the supremacy of democracy and the illusory triumph of ill-informed popularity. Divine right of monarchs may have been very flawed but democracy has proved no better.

Iris Clapp
10 February 2013, 12.21pm

Naseby changed everything. It

Naseby changed everything. It created Britain's first cohesive fighting force, radicalised English politics, religion and economics, enhanced social mobility and made many men (not women - now that would have been mind-blowing) more equal. Naseby produced today's relationship between monarchy and parliament. It helped create our judicial system and social awareness, and showed the importance of military training and foresight.

David McLoughlin
10 February 2013, 1.38am

The most important battle in

The most important battle in English history....

Taff Simon
8 February 2013, 2.51pm

Laid the foundations for a

Laid the foundations for a modern state and was the first real showing of the New Model Army

simoncollier
7 February 2013, 9.24pm

Only one in the list which

Only one in the list which directly led to a real change in the country

steve barker
6 February 2013, 5.58pm

ends monarchy's supremacy

ends monarchy's supremacy

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