and hence the next day to see the siege of Portsmouth; for now was that bloody difference between the King and Parliament broken out, which ended in the fatal tragedy so many years after. It was on the day of its being rendered to Sir William Waller; which gave me an opportunity of taking my leave of Colonel Goring, the governor, now embarking for France. This day was fought that signal battle at Edgehill. Thence I went to Southampton and Winchester, where I visited the castle, school, church, and King Arthur’s Round Table; but especially the church, and its Saxon kings’ monuments1 , which I esteemed a worthy antiquity.
Probably refers to a number of mortuary chests containing the remains of Saxon kings which are now present in Winchester Cathedral -GS ↩