The English Civil Wars : 1640 - 1660, Paperback

The English Civil Wars : 1640 - 1660 Paperback

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A brilliant appraisal of the Civil War and its long-term consequences, by an acclaimed historian. The political upheaval of the mid-seventeenth century has no parallel in English history.

Other events have changed the occupancy and the powers of the throne, but the conflict of 1640-60 was more dramatic: the monarchy and the House of Lords were abolished, to be replaced by a republic and military rule. In this wonderfully readable account, Blair Worden explores the events of this period and their origins - the war between King and Parliament, the execution of Charles I, Cromwell's rule and the Restoration - while aiming to reveal something more elusive: the motivations of contemporaries on both sides and the concerns of later generations.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: British & Irish history
  • ISBN: 9780753826911



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Solid introduction to the insanity of the twenty years of the English Civil Wars/Interregnum/Revolution - historians can't agree on what to call this period - as constitutional and religious differences caused Parliament to turn on the King and then on itself. Along the way Christmas was suppressed, theatre banned and bishops were abolished. I always knew this was a bloody period of history, but Worden estimates that proportionately more of the population was killed during this conflict than died in WWI. Oh yes and they don't call the period that immediately followed this the Restoration for nothing. Fascinating.

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Very dry and convoluted writing. Better read a summary of the subject matter on Wikipedia!