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The English Civil War at First Hand

The English Civil War at First Hand

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By (author) Tristram Hunt

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 20mm | 222g
  • Publication date: 27 January 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 071819201X
  • ISBN 13: 9780718192013
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, 1 map
  • Sales rank: 275,715

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Almost a quarter of a million lives were lost as King and Parliament battled for their religious and political ideals in the English Civil War. England was divided between Cavaliers and Roundheads engaged in bitter struggles from Preston to Lostwithiel, Pembroke to York. Armies were on the march, villages were decimated and great dynasties destroyed: fathers and sons, uncles and cousins were pitted against each other in defence of their loyalties. The civil war led to the execution of a king, the beginnings of sectarian division in Ireland, savage clan warfare in Scotland and the roots of English socialism. Tristram Hunt avoids adding to the many, mostly transitory interpretations of the civil war and instead offers a timeless narrative based on the first-hand accounts of those who witnessed these traumatic events. In doing so he brings out the voices of the civil war generation - those who lost sons, who witnessed massacres and who fought for an ideal. In this book we see their motivations, fears and misery as the horror of war overwhelmed them. From Cromwell's letters to the memoirs of a Roundhead wife the civil war era is brought to life in all its terrible and fascinating glory.

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Tristram Hunt is one of Britain's best known young historians. Educated at Cambridge and Chicago Universities, he is lecturer in British history at Queen Mary, University of London and author of 'Building Jerusalem: The Rise and Fall of the Victorian City' and The Frock-Coated Communist: The Revolutionary Life of Friedrich Engels. A leading historical broadcaster, he has authored numerous series for BBC radio and television and Channel 4. He is also a regular contributor to The Times, The Guardian and The Observer.