I love the studying history, LOVE it, always have. I especially love finding and learning about bad ass Women of our past.
This is one of those Women…
“In May 1643, a force of Parliamentarians, comprising between 200 and 300 men under the command of Sir Walter Erle, attacked the castle but never succeeded in capturing it. Hot coals were dropped on the heads of Erle’s soldiers as they tried to scale the walls. The former royal castle was very well defended. Its position on top on a steep hill commanded the approach roads into the town, and the keep was protected by three lines of defenses. Curtain walls, punctuated by towers and a massive gatehouse surrounded the outer bailey. Then the attackers had to cross a great ditch and force another gatehouse with a double portcullis to enter the second ward or west bailey before attacking the inner ward itself, the whole approach being within firing range of the keep. Mary and her small group defended the Upper Ward and by heaving stones and hot embers from the battlements, managed to repel the assailants, killing and wounding over 100 men.
Angry at being held at bay by a woman, the Roundheads swore a terrible oath. Unless Lady Mary surrendered, they would massacre every man, woman, and child once they managed to get past the defenses. This vow meant nothing to Lady Mary; she continued defending the castle bravely.
The siege continued until 4th August when the Roundheads made a massed attack. Battering rams were used against the main gates; scaling ladders were placed against the walls, and the black smoke of heavy cannon drifted lazily across the scene of battle. Under Lady Mary command her children and her maids hurled buckets of boiling water down on the Roundheads as they tried to climb the walls. Lady Bankes organized raids for food, one of which resulted in the theft of eight cows and a bull. Eventually, the besiegers gave up, leaving behind their artillery and over 100 dead.”