1. Both sides expected in 1642 that one early battle would be decisive. The Battle of Edgehill, however, was a draw (inconclusive).
2. The prospect of fighting a long war frightened some Members of Parliament into resuming negotiations with the King. These negotiations, known as the 'Oxford Treaty', did not lead to a settlement.
3. In 1643 things went very well for the King. The Royalists captured a lot of territory and several leading Parliamentarians were killed.
4. The King's successes led to a…