Why had there been no decisive victory by 1644?

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  • Why had there been no decisive victor by 1644
    • Finance
      • Some royalist areas managed an effective way of raising funds but others did not
        • Made Charles' troops often ill disciplined and liable to plunder
      • Charles could not afford to pay the Navy so most of them joined Parliament
      • Pym set up effective means of taxation such as monthly assessment but this took time
    • Military Methods
      • Charles needed a short war to ensure decisive victory
      • After Edgehill Essex made a mistake and left the way to London open to Charles
      • Charles had tried twice and failed to gain control of the great northern arsenal at Hull
      • Both sides relied on volunteers for the Civil War as they weren't keen on soldiers who could be trained


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