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Battlefield: Sedgemoor

Night attack

There was no moon and the fields of Sedgemoor were shrouded with fog, but had you been there that night you would have soon realised that something was afoot. From time to time, the moor echoed with the sound of hoofbeats as small groups of horsemen rode urgently to and fro, while those with sharp eyes might have just caught a glimpse through the mist of the packed ranks of thousands of men shu ing quietly along. An army was on the move and, although nobody knew it at the time, the ensuing clash of arms would be the last major battle to be fought on English soil.

UNPLEASANT SURPRISE Although Monmouth’s daring night attack caught his enemies by surprise, the royalists reacted quickly and won the ensuing battle
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