Charles I's stunning success at Lostwithiel rescued the royalist cause when almost at its last gasp. Marston Moor in early July 1644 had been a devastating blow to the king. He was given respite through Essex's ill‐conceived excursion into Cornwall. Unsurprisingly, Charles took the opportunity to pursue Essex and cut off his retreat. His cavalry managed to break out, and Essex himself abandoned his troops, but 6,000 of the infantry were forced to surrender on 2 September.
Subjects: British History.