The Civil War : The War of the Three Kingdoms 1638-1660, Paperback

The Civil War : The War of the Three Kingdoms 1638-1660 Paperback

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One late summer's day in 1642 two rival armies faced each other across the rolling Warwickshire countryside at Edgehill.

There, Royalists faithful to King Charles I engaged in a battle with the supporters of the Parliament.

Ahead lay even more desperate battles like Marston Moor and Naseby.

The fighting was also to rage through Scotland and Ireland, notably at the siege of Drogheda and the decisive battle of Dunbar.

Few periods in English history are more significant than that to which acclaimed author Trevor Royle turns his attention in CIVIL WAR.

From his shrewd analyses of the characters who played their parts in the wars to his brilliantly concise descriptions of battles, Trevor Royle has produced a vivid and dramatic narrative of those turbulent years.

His book also reveals how the new ideas and dispensations that followed from the wars - Cromwell's Protectorate, the Restoration of Charles II and the 'Glorious Revolution' of 1689 - made it possible for England, Ireland and Scotland to progress towards their own more distant future as democratic societies.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 912 pages, Section: 16, b/w
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9780349115641



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Quite possibly the definitive history of the English Civil War.

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This book totally satisfied my desire to learn about this important period in history. One which I never learned about in school. There is so much detail that it becomes difficult to see the whole picture, I fond myself checking short histories to maintain perspective. One problem I had, and this is a general problem in reading history I guess - for all his brilliance, Cromwell was really a monster for the atrocities he committed and caused to be committed against the Irish people. I'm sure that, if he had the technology, he would have gladly created death camps and gas chambers and destroyed them all. Yet, in the author's summary of Cromwell;s life, this aspect is treated like a minor fault.

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