Battle of Leicester, 31 May 1645 (England)
Royalist victory of the first English Civil War. In an attempt to divert Parliament from the siege of his main base at Oxford, Charles I launched an attack on Leicester, which was taken by storm although with heavy losses. The attack on Leicester succeeded in it's aim to divert Fairfax from Oxford, but he intercepted Charles on his march back to Oxford, and defeated him at the battle of Naseby (14 June)
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How to cite this article: Rickard, J. (11 December 2000), Battle of Leicester, 31 May 1645, http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/battles_leicester.html