LAST IRONSIDES The English Expedition to Portugal, 1662-1668

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With the end of the Commonwealth, the returning Charles II has to do something with the large Republican army. Whilst many of its number could be disbanded and return to their trades, there was a large core remaining. To these men soldiering was their life. So what to do with them? Fortunately for Charles, his marriage to a Portuguese princess answered his problems. Many of these veteran soldiers were sent to help Portugal fight for its freedom against the occupying Spanish. Once there it was largely forgotten army and the survivors were sent to the Tangiers colony. A virtual death sentence.

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