George Joyce

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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 brought 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[edit]

  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 On the evidence of the autobiography of the astrologer William Lilly, he was identified by Oliver Cromwell's Secretary, Robert Spavin, as the heavily disguised executioner of King Charles I.
  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