The English Civil War

An Atlas and Concise History of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms 1639–51

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The English Civil War

An Atlas and Concise History of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms 1639–51

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'The English Civil War is a joy to behold, a thing of beauty… this will be the civil war atlas against which all others will judged and the battle maps in particular will quickly become the benchmark for all future civil war maps.' - Professor Martyn Bennett, Department of History, Languages and Global Studies, Nottingham Trent University

The English Civil Wars (1638–51) comprised the deadliest conflict ever fought on British soil, in which brother took up arms against brother, father fought against son, and towns, cities and villages fortified themselves in the cause of Royalists or Parliamentarians. Although much historical attention has focused on the events in England and the key battles of Edgehill, Marston Moor and Naseby, this was a conflict that engulfed the entirety of the Three Kingdoms and led to a trial and execution that profoundly shaped the British monarchy and Parliament.

This beautifully presented atlas tells the whole story of Britain's revolutionary civil war, from the earliest skirmishes of the Bishops' Wars in 1639–40 through to 1651, when Charles II's defeat at Worcester crushed the Royalist cause, leading to a decade of Stuart exile. Each map is supported by a detailed text, providing a complete explanation of the complex and fluctuating conflict that ultimately meant that the Crown would always be answerable to Parliament.

Table of Contents

Chronology – The Wars of The Three Kingdoms, 1639–52
Legend to Maps
Introduction – Origins of Conflict
Civil War Armies, Fighting Components and their Tactics

1 – The Early Stuarts and the Divine Right of Kings, 1603–37
2 – The Bishops' Wars, 1639–40
3 – Rebellion in Ireland, 1640–42
4 – The Road to Civil War, 1641–42
5 – The Campaign and Battle of Edgehill, June to October 1642
6 – Advance to London, October to November 1642
7 – Nationwide Struggle, December 1642 to March 1643
8 – The Nation Divides, Mid-March to end of May 1643
9 – Events in The South-West, March to June 1643
10 – The Struggle for the North and Centre, June to August 1643
11 – The Struggle for Bristol and the South-West, June to August 1643
12 – Operations in the North, September to December 1643
13 – Events in Devon, September to the end of 1643
14 – The First Battle of Newbury, September 1643
15 – Irish Cessation and the Scottish Covenant, 1643
16 – The Scottish Invasion, Early 1644
17 – Nantwich And Newark: The Battles for Central England, January to March 1644
18 – Wales: The Conquest of Pembrokeshire, January to March 1644
19 – Waller's Operations in the South, January to April 1644
20 – The Great Siege and Battle in Yorkshire, April to August 1644
21 – The Oxford Campaign, May to August 1644
22 – Events in the South-West, April to August 1644
23 – War in the Centre: the Second Battle of Newbury, August to November 1644
24 – Wales, Scotland and the North of England, August to the end of 1644
25 – A Time to Reflect: the end of 1644
26 – Nationwide Developments, Early 1645
27 – The Great and Decisive Battle at Naseby, 14 June 1645
28 – Taunton and Langport: Events in The South-West, January to July 1645
29 – Scotland in 1645: Montrose's Royalist Campaign
30 – Post-Naseby, Part 1: Wales and the South, to the end of 1645
31 – Post-Naseby, Part 2: the North, to the end of 1645
32 – Sweeping up the South-West, January to April 1646
33 – The end of the First Civil War, 1646
34 – Wales, Scotland and Ireland in 1646
35 – Ireland 1647: Beyond Redemption
36 – The King's Intransigence, 1647
37 – War Reignites in Wales, 1648
38 – War Reignites in England, 1648
39 – The Battle of Preston: the Death Blow to Royalism, 1648
40 – The 'Endgame': Regicide, 1649
41 – Cromwell and Parliament's Army in Ireland, 1649–52
42 – The Invasion of Scotland, July 1650 to September 1651
43 – Worcester, 1651: The Final Battle
44 – The Interregnum, 1649–60

Notes to Maps

Product details

Published 17 Sep 2020
Format Ebook (PDF)
Edition 1st
Extent 368
ISBN 9781472847164
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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