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From the Publisher"This is an admirably thorough attempt to take the reader through the military, religious, and political complexities of the times. It is an ideal choice for both the undergraduate and general reader."
Jasmin L. Johnson, Gillingham, Kent
"Nice features include good maps, a useful index, and superb descriptions of troop movements and battles. A valuable synthesis and a contribution to scholarship. Highly recommended."
R.P. Gildrie, Austin Petty State University
"Gentles descriptions are based on a thorough mastery of the primary sources as well as a deep understanding of the latest literature. Ian Gentles has made an impressive contribution to a field that is not short of impressive contributions."
Charles Carlton, North Carolina State University
"This book provides a series of new insights into the civil wars, which make its appearance more than welcome. It is the most recent academic study by an experienced academic."
Martyn Bennett, Nottingham Trent University
"Professor Gentles is one of the few historians capable of presenting this notoriously complex and unstable subject in such a clear and readable way. As a result, general readers and history students alike will find it an excellent and reliable introduction to this fascinating period."
David J. Appleby, University of Nottingham
"The book is a compendium of the latest scholarship on military history. Its charts on wartime taxation and maps of campaign marches and battlefield alignments will be a boon to readers."
Mark Kishlansky, Harvard University