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

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

by Trevor Royle
     
 

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… See more details below

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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 islands. This is grand narrative military history at its best and a monumental achievement.

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Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312292935
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
05/07/2004
Pages:
928
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 9.90(h) x 2.19(d)

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