Lady Blanche Arundell
On 2 May 1643, during the absence of her husband she gallantly and bravely defended Wardour Castle for nine days with only herself, her children, a few maid-servants, and twenty-five men against the Parliamentary forces of thirteen hundred men and artillery commanded by two Parliamentary officers, Sir Edward Hungerford and Colonel Edmund Ludlow. She finally was forced to surrender on honourable terms. However the terms were not honoured, with the castle being sacked, and she was removed as a prisoner to Dorchester. But on her husband's return the parliament forces were soon dislodged.
- Cooper, p. 86
- Goddard, p. 21
- Cooper, Thompson. "Arundell, Blanche, Lady." A New Biographical Dictionary: Containing Concise Notices of Eminent Persons of All Ages and Countries: and More Particularly of ... Great Britain and Ireland. London: Bell, 1873. googlebooks Accessed January 1, 2008
- Goddard, Edward Hungerford. The Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine. Devizes, Eng: The Society, 1854. googlebooks Retrieved March 16, 2008