The Bishops' Wars: Charles I's Campaigns against Scotland, 1638-1640 / Edition 1

The Bishops' Wars: Charles I's Campaigns against Scotland, 1638-1640 / Edition 1

by Mark Charles Fissel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521466865

ISBN-13: 9780521466868

Pub. Date: 03/28/1994

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

King Charles I twice mobilised England in an attempt to enforce religious uniformity in Scotland, and both times he failed. The result was the resurgence of Parliament as partner in the government of the realm. The Bishops' Wars is an essay in military history in a political context, which analyses the institutions of war, its financing, and above all the

Overview

King Charles I twice mobilised England in an attempt to enforce religious uniformity in Scotland, and both times he failed. The result was the resurgence of Parliament as partner in the government of the realm. The Bishops' Wars is an essay in military history in a political context, which analyses the institutions of war, its financing, and above all the recruitment of forces. The main purpose of the book is to explain why the King could not and did not reduce Scotland by force. Its significance lies in that it demonstrates how the military failures of 1639 and 1640 were determined by Charles's hand. Moreover, it seeks to show how poor strategic and tactical operations, coupled with the political controversy surrounding the war, plagued the English army. In the final measure, it is concluded that the King must bear responsibility for defeat at the hands of the Scots.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521466868
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/1994
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
354
Sales rank:
948,754
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The events of the Bishops' Wars and Caroline politics; 2. Institutions; 3. Military finance; 4. Reluctant lords and foreign mercenaries; 5. The perfect militia; 6. Impressment and the substitution clause; 7. Riot, iconoclasm, and murder among the soldiery; 8. Conclusion.

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