Early modern sieges were as much a matter of writing to/talking with the enemy as fighting them. Certainly a case can be made for Oliver Cromwell viewing at least a portion of the Irish as terrorists: "barbarous wretches, who have imbrued their hands with so much innocent blood." Yet, his letters include many to his besieged Irish enemies negotiating terms of surrender (Ross, etc.). In any case, this selection from the Edinburgh Evening Courant, 7 Jan. 1746, shows a studied refusal to negotiate/exchange hostages with rebels/terrorists, all the while, in fact setting up the terms for negotiating. earlymodernengland by Newton Key.
Newton Key is Professor of British and early modern history at Eastern Illinois University; co-author of Early Modern England, and co-editor of Sources and Debates in English History, both 2nd ed., 2009. Follow on Academia, Twitter, or Bundlr.