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British Civil War: The Wars of the Three Kingdoms 1638-1660

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The entirety of the British Civil War has never been covered in a single volume--until now. While it is usually seen as an English conflict, Royle paints the picture on a large canvas to show that it engulfed the entirety of Great Britain. While the war began as the result of the Scots' unwillingness to accept Charles I's prayer book, their obstinacy inspired the Irish Catholics to rise against their English and Scot oppressors with the result that fourteen years internecine fighting was to be the norm for these ...
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Overview

The entirety of the British Civil War has never been covered in a single volume--until now. While it is usually seen as an English conflict, Royle paints the picture on a large canvas to show that it engulfed the entirety of Great Britain. While the war began as the result of the Scots' unwillingness to accept Charles I's prayer book, their obstinacy inspired the Irish Catholics to rise against their English and Scot oppressors with the result that fourteen years internecine fighting was to be the norm for these islands. This is grand narrative military history at its best and a monumental achievement.
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Royle, a prolific military historian with more than 25 books on the British Commonwealth to his credit, has done it again. His latest study is a grim indictment of the British Civil War (1638-60) in particular and of wars rooted in irreconcilable differences among men, nations, and religions in general. The full horror of this savage period-which resulted in a death toll now pegged at over a half million in England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland, far beyond that ever before imagined-is ably rendered by a master storyteller. Royle's detailed profiles of despots, both Royalist and Parliamentarian, are written with a remarkable understanding for both sides-and not a whit of compassion for either. One account in particular stands out: the unspeakable horror inflicted on the Irish at Drogheda and Wexford. A warning: the unrelenting awfulness can be overwhelming. Though far out of the casual reader's reach, this is surely the definitive book on this period and will set the standard for military writers for decades to come. Highly recommended for academic libraries and libraries with strong British military collections.-Gail Benjafield, St. Catharines P.L., Ont. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312292935
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 5/7/2004
  • Pages: 928
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 2.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Trevor Royle is the author of Crimea, a New York Times Notable Book of 2001 (Palgrave Macmillan), and Winds of Change: The End of Empire in Africa.
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Table of Contents

List of maps
Preface and acknowledgements
Prologue : the battle of Lutzen 1632 3
Pt. 1 The descent to war 1638-1642
1 The illustrious hope of Great Britain 11
2 The personal rule 25
3 The crown and the kirk 39
4 'That glorious marriage of the kingdom with God' 54
5 The assembly in Glasgow 70
6 For Christ's crown and covenant : the first bishops' war 84
7 Foul and horrid treason : the second bishops' war 100
8 The gathering storm 116
9 Ireland in flames 133
10 The storm finally breaks 149
Pt. 2 The first civil war 1642-1647
1 Father against son, brother against brother 169
2 First shorts : Edgehill 184
3 The failure to take London 201
4 Hearts and cities : the war to win the centre 218
5 Western wonder : the war in the west country 234
6 Changing fortunes : the war in the north 250
7 Stalemate 266
8 Keep your powder dry : Marston Moor 281
9 The pity of war 300
10 Smile out to God in praises : Naseby 318
11 Montrose's Annus Mirabilis 337
12 Things fall apart 353
13 Confederates for the king 368
14 The beginning of the end 381
15 The Levellers and the Putney debates 395
16 The king's engagement 412
Pt. 3 The second and third civil wars 1648-1651
1 Wales rises for the King 429
2 A summer of discontent 442
3 Nothing but the hand of God : Preston 457
4 Pride's purge 474
5 That memorable scene 489
6 The creation of a commonwealth 505
7 Those barbarous wretches : Drogheda and Wexford 522
8 The curse of Cromwell 538
9 Prince of Wales, King of Scotland 552
10 A signal mercy : Dunbar 568
11 Hammer of the Scots 585
12 Hell or Connacht : the subjugation of Scotland and Ireland 604
Pt. 4 The protectorate 1653-1659
1 Winning the peace 623
2 My delight amongst the nations : the Anglo-Dutch war 640
3 Cromwell, lord protector 657
4 The Cromwellian settlement in Scotland and Ireland 674
5 'Silly mean fellows' : the rule of the major-generals 690
6 Fighting the lord's battles : the war against Spain 705
7 King Cromwell and Tumbledown Dick 722
8 The King comes into his own 741
Pt. 5 Restoration 1660
1 Revenge and restraint 763
2 The settlement of the three kingdoms 780
3 The civil wars and modern memory 800
Epilogue : Lexington and Concord, 1775 817
Bibliography 825
Notes and references 833
Index 853
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