At the Dorchester Assize 74 men are sentenced to death, of these 13 are hung, drawn and quartered on 7 September 1685
July 15, 1685 at about 10 o’clock Monmouth is taken to Tower Hill. Here after 5 strikes of the Axe, the executioner finally uses a knife to sever the head from the bloody corpse. The Duke is dead, but the fight for Liberty continues.
The common misconception is the Battle of Sedgemoor was fought between a vast host of misguided peasant and a thin line of unnumbered Redcoats. That it was a forgone conclusion, but new research uncovered in my book Fighting for Liberty, has uncovered an engagement between two well matched Armies, in the early hours of July 6, 1685. It was in the balance for nearly two hours.
On June 27, 1685 Feversham attacks Monmouth’s Army at the Battle of Norton St Philip. The fighting starts in the bloody lane as Grafton & his 1st Foot Guard Grenadiers attack the Whig barricade.
Tonight you know that Churchill is at Somerton with a small force; that Bristol is unguarded; that the London Road is clear to Warminster; but a large Army left London 5 days ago. What advice would you give to Monmouth in the council meeting?