The Furie of the Ordnance: Artillery in the English Civil Wars

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NEW LOW PRICE The English Civil War has frequently been depicted as a struggle between Cavaliers and Roundheads in which technology played little part. The first-hand sources now tell us that this romantic picture is deeply flawed - revealing a reality of gunpowder, artillery, and a grinding struggle of siege and starvation. As with naval warfare, developments in gun technology drastically changed land warfare in the years leading up to 1642. The Civil War was itself shaped largely by the availability of ...
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Overview

NEW LOW PRICE The English Civil War has frequently been depicted as a struggle between Cavaliers and Roundheads in which technology played little part. The first-hand sources now tell us that this romantic picture is deeply flawed - revealing a reality of gunpowder, artillery, and a grinding struggle of siege and starvation. As with naval warfare, developments in gun technology drastically changed land warfare in the years leading up to 1642. The Civil War was itself shaped largely by the availability of munitions. A failure to procure them in 1643 and 1644 - combined with abortive attempts on London - ultimately proved the downfall of the Royalists. Moreover a final move away from fortified local garrisons reshaped both the nature of warfare in England, and the country itself. STEPHEN BULL is Curator of Military History and Archaeology, Lancashire Museums.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843834038
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/21/2008
  • Series: Armour and Weapons
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Of guns and gunners 1

2 'England's Vulcan' : artillery supply under the early Stuarts 38

3 A scramble for arms : the war of ordnance logistics 54

4 Artillery fortifications 81

5 Artillery and sieges 100

6 Battle 137

Conclusions 161

App. I Ordnance types 1634-1665 173

App. II Shot finds 175

App. III The parliamentarian artillery train of 1642 178

App. IV The establishment of the King's 'Trayne of Artillery', June 1643 181

App. V Equipment and personnel dispatched from Oxford, May 1643 183

App. VI Ordnance captures at Bristol 185

App. VII Artillery and officers of the New Model Army 186

App. VIII The ideal artillery train 188

App. IX The Masters and Officers of the Ordnance c. 1610-1660 189

App. X Typical firing sequence 192

Glossary 195

Illustrations 201

Bibliography 225

Index 245

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