Rochester Set to Deliver Rebuke to Cameron After 54-Day Siege

November 20, 2014 12:17 AM

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The siege of Rochester in 1215 lasted 50 days. Present-day residents have had to last out four days more than that during a by-election campaign that threatens both Britain’s main political parties.

The battle 799 years ago ended with victory for King John, as the rebels were starved out and the castle keep destroyed when the monarch set a fire that consumed the fat of 40 pigs. In modern Rochester, 30 miles (50 kilometers) southeast of London, the onslaught has featured mountains of political l...

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